8 February 2013

Rwanda: TVET Schools Get Laptops

The Ministry of Education on Thursday distributed 26 laptops to teachers in four pilot Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centres (IPRCs) and Technical Secondary Schools to facilitate teaching.

The laptops will help support the utilisation of computer-aided design in teaching technical subjects using Solidworks software.

"These laptops, given to trained teachers, will help them improve the quality of teaching, do research and self-improvement," Eng. Remy Twiringiyimana, the director-general of research and development in the ministry, said.

The donation is aligned with the ongoing implementation of the Technology Subject Support Service "T4 Programme."

T4 Programme is a result of partnership between the governments of Rwanda, Ireland and US-based Solidworks Corporation that offered Solidworks software and trained teachers in using it. The programme covers Design and Communications, Technology, Engineering Technology and Architectural Technology, all of which use Solidworks as a teaching tool.

Rwanda opted to start Design and Communication subjects in 2012 as a pilot to replace the traditional technical drawing.

The pilot schools to use Solidworks software are IPRC Kicukiro, Tumba College of Technology, Nyanza Technical School and Nyamata Secondary School.

Leonard Manirambona, the director-general of Nyanza Technical School, said the laptops remove the challenge of teachers who need to go into school labs to access computers installed with Solidworks software.

Manirambona said by 2016, other T4 subjects will be taught in all technical and vocational schools .

The T4 curriculum for Rwanda was adopted from the Ministry of Education of Ireland.

Copyright © 2013 The New Times. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.