A delegation from the World Bank conducted a half-day visit to the University of Rwanda-College of Education’s Centre of Excellence for Innovative Teaching and Learning Mathematics and Science (ACEITLMS). The purpose of the visit was to provide technical assistance and implementation support to the Centre with main focus on the annual work plan and emerging challenges in the implementation of the planned activities.
The World Bank team included Ms. Jee Peng Tan (Education Consultant), Ms. Ruth Karimi CHARO (Senior Education Specialist) and Ms. Lillian MUTESI (Education Specialist).
The delegation was warmly welcomed by the College of Education Principal, Professor George K. NJOROGE, accompanied by the Director of the ACEITLMS, Professor L.L. YADAV, UR-CE Campus Administrator, Mr. Jean Pierre NKURANGA and the Coordinator of UR-SPIU, Mrs. Immaculate BUGINGO.
In attendance were Dr. Jean UWAMAHORO, Deputy Director, ACEITLMS; Dr. Florien NSANGANWIMANA, Head of Research, ACEITLMS; Dr. Leon R. MUGABO, Head of Teaching and Learning, ACEILMS; Dr. Pheneas NKUNDABAKURA, Coordinator of Mathematics and Sciences for Sub-Saharan Africa ( MS4MSSA) Regional Node; Dr. Evariste MINANI, Head of Department of MSPE; Mrs. GASENGAYIRE C. Thereza, UR/SPIU-ACE Accountant and Mrs. Beline MUKARWEGO, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, UR/ACEs.
The World Bank delegation and UR team in a meeting chaired by the UR-CE Principal, Professor George K. NJOROGE
Mrs. Agnes MBONYIRYIVUZE (1st Cohort) and Mr. Christian B. NKOL ( 2nd Cohort), PhD students in ACEITLMS represented their colleagues.
During the meeting Prof. L.L YADAV made a presentation that focused on the Centre’s achievements and challenges faced in the implementation of the planned activities.
Some of the achievements made among others; the development of MEd in Science Education (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics Education) already accredited by the High Education Council (HEC); PhD (by Coursework and Thesis) in Biology Education, Chemistry Education; Mathematics Education and Physics Education; one (1) Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for Mathematics and Science Teachers Programme and the approval a STEM Enhancement Programme.
The Director of ACEITLMS, Professor L.L.YADAV during his presentation
The Centre admitted 15 PhD students in November 2017; 13 PhD and 45 students in MEd in Science Education in January 2019; while 114 teachers were trained in CPD for Mathematics and Science Teachers.
Other activities carried out include training, workshops, partnership establishment and publications. The Centre also developed and submitted four project proposals for resource mobilization and two were selected and approved.
Despite these achievements so far the Centre faces challenges such as regional and international accreditation of the Centre’s programs which are being looked into.
The presentation was followed by open discussions on critical areas which need attention.
Participants in the meeting in discussions after the presentation.
In her remarks, Ms. CHARO appreciated the achievements of the Centre and the progress made so far. “In principle, we take good note of the good progress the Centre has made. Congratulations, it is encouraging! We are very satisfied with the progress that has been made within a short time, and we do commend you for that! ’’, Mrs. CHARO noted.
Before concluding the visit, the delegation held an interactive session with PhD Students and also toured the UR-CE/ACEITLMS facilities.
The delegation touring the Campus facilities back from the new classroom building. Right to left ( in front): Ms. Charo , Ms. Jee Peng Tan, Prof. YADAV, Mr. Ngendahayo Aphrodice. Behind: Ms. Mutesi and Dr.Mugabo R.Leon
( second) and Ms.Mutesi ( behind)
Visit to the laboratory: The team following a brief presentation in the physics lab by Dr. Pheneas Nkundabakura
The ACEITLMS is committed to strengthening the capacity to deliver teaching and research in learning and teaching of mathematics and science education in our country and in the region.
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