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University of Rwanda- College of Education : MasterCard Foundation’s Leaders in Teaching(LIT) Program Strengthens The Integration of ICT in Teaching and Learning

23 Mar 2022

The University of Rwanda-College of Education (UR-CE) appreciates the support provided by the MasterCard Foundation through “Leaders in Teaching (LIT) program. The program is much contributing to UR-CE capacity building as regards academic staff and pre-service teachers. LIT program activities are mainly geared to ICT, Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC) and research. Despite the wave of COVID-19 pandemic, the program has so far funded the training of practicum and school attachment supervisors, the training of mentors of teacher-students on school attachment, top-up of living allowance for students on practicum, installation and equipment of a SMART classroom, provision of laptops for academic staff, and logistical support, among others.

In its operations, the Leaders in Teaching program seeks to achieve four (4) core objectives, including the integration of ICT in teaching and training, providing training in the use of SMART classroom technology and supporting the development of digital content for online and blended courses.

In line with the above objective, LIT program has recently handed over to UR-CE 60 desktops, different ICT materials and teaching tools for visual and impaired students, specialized ICT and geographical teaching and learning tools, and different cabling and internet upgrading equipment. Their value is nearly 389 Million Rwandan francs.

While officially receiving the materials, on behalf of the College management, the UR Rukara Campus Administrator, Mr. Salomon Nshimiyimana, noted : “Your donation is extremely important to the College core business. These materials will boost teaching and learning for improved quality education. We are greatly grateful to the "Leaders in Teaching Program "and to MasterCard Foundation at large.’’

As today the use of technology to enhance learning is an effective approach for learners, those with special needs do necessarily need assistive technology devices. Therefore, the School of Inclusive and Special Needs Education has particularly welcomed the LIT Program’s donation. Prof. Evariste Karangwa, the Dean of the School of Inclusive and Special Needs commended the LIT program for particularly providing the materials which will improve the learning of students with special needs. They will also be useful to children with special needs from the community who are cared for by the School.

As UR-CE also runs its programs on UR- Nyagatare Campus, the latter has also benefited from the donation. This consists of 50 desktops worth nearly 39 million Rwandan francs. There are also cabling and internet upgrading equipment pending installation. Prof. Martin Ntawubizi, the Head of UR Nyagatare Campus also commended the LIT program for considering his Campus in the support. “These laptops come at the right time, because some students do not have their personal machines. They will therefore be very useful to them,” he said.

The delegation of LIT program that conducted the handover both at UR Rukara Campus and UR Nyagatare Campus included Mr. Charles G. Gafurama, the LIT Coordinator, Prof Wenceslas Nzabalirwa, who is the LIT Academic Lead, and Ms. Anne Marie Niyonshuti, the LIT Administrator and Logistics Officer. In their remarks, the LIT Coordinator and the LIT Academic Lead expressed gratitude to UR-CE management for frank collaboration for achieving a common goal and pledged continued support to teacher education program.

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NTIRANDEKURA Schadrac
Public Relations and Community Engagement Officer

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