From February to May 2019, five students from Belgium stayed in Rwanda for an internship with VVOB. They taught biology, physics and physical education in lower and upper secondary in three schools. The internship was in line with VVOB’s five-year programme on Leading Teaching and Learning Together in Rwanda. The knowledge and practices imparted by the interns increased the learners’ passion of science and improved teachers’ skills pertaining to teaching science topics.

The Kavumu Reading Club in Busasamana Sector, Nyanza District is distinguished by high levels of community involvement. Parents innovatively repair damaged children’s storybooks and actively support reading sessions while the sector’s administrative authorities closely collaborate with the community to monitor the reading club.
Ismail Munyanziza, a parent from Busasamana Sector, testified that the reading club has at least 70 children who regularly attend. During each reading session, between 10 and 20 parents routinely accompany their children.

The 7th issue of Urunana rw’abarezi magazine is themed “why collaboration in education is key to successful schools?”. It is obvious that school performance and productivity do not come from individual endeavor and attitude, rather it is a result of joint effort by all education stakeholders. This edition of our peer learning magazine reminds us of the crucial role that collaboration plays in making schools successful. The stories shared here highlight good practices, lessons learnt and tips on how to deal with challenges in order to collaboratively improve teaching and learning.

Tariki ya 5 Ugushyingo Umunyamabanga wa Leta ushinzwe amashuri abanza n’ayisumbuye Dr. Munyakazi Isaac yashoje ku mugaragaro ukwezi kwahariwe gusoma no kwandika, anatangiza irushanwa rya Andika Rwanda umwaka wa 2019.
Mu Murenge wa Nkombo, akarere ka Rusizi, intara y’i Burengerazuba aho umuhango wo gusoza uku kwezi no gutangiza Andika Rwanda umwaka wa 2019 byabereye, Umunyamabanga wa Leta ushinzwe amashuri abanza n’ayisumbuye yatsindagiye ko umuco wo gusoma no kwandika ugomba gutezwa imbere.

Involving fathers in their children’s education is a game changer, improving gender equality in the classroom and beyond.
A group of parents hovers over young children during a reading session at a primary school in Gafumba, a village in the hills of northern Rwanda. The school motto reads: “A complete education for a complete person.”
Most parents in this rural community are unable to read or write, and at the school, involvement of parents — both mothers and fathers — in their children’s education is new.

Parents in Rugarama sector, inspired by how their children were improving their reading, wanted to get involved and make more materials to further support their children’s literacy.
The solution they came up with was that on Thursdays, they sit and manually craft materials that would be used by the Gafumba reading club.
Positive impact the reading club activity at Gafumba Primary school Burera district was having to improve children reading skills, is what some of the parent say have prompted them into action.

Ready for Reading (RfR) is a local Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) located in the Eastern Province, Kayonza District, Rwinkwavu Sector, serving the community comprised of surrounding districts and villages, including Kabarondo, Murama, Ndego, Mwiri and Kabare sectors.
 It seeks to empower communities through literacy, technology, life skills, and enhancing academic, social, cultural and economic opportunities for both personal and community growth and enrichment. The following are testimonials from beneficiaries of RfR’s interventions:

Patience Shumbusho is a children’s book author and illustrator. In 2016, he attended a National Literacy Month event in Kamonyi District. At this event, Shumbusho was announced as the winner of the Andika Rwanda competition
During the event, he was inspired by the speeches and vowed to continue writing and sharing his stories.
“After the remarks of Jerome Gasana and Mathew Roth, I realized that students can gain knowledge from my stories. This motivated me to continue writing, “says Shumbusho.

For the upcoming months, commuters riding buses in Karongi, Rusizi, Rubavu, and Nyamasheke districts in the Western Province will enjoy reading books during their journey.
On July 27, 2018, 625 books were placed on 25 buses from different transport agencies, giving passengers the opportunity to read books while they travel.
The initiative is part of the Gira Igitabo Aho Uri campaign led by Arise Education, launched in November 2017, aimed at encouraging Rwandans to read wherever they are.

As part of their work to impart a lifelong affinity for stories and poetry in Rwanda’s youngest readers, early grade reading advocates from USAID Soma Umenye and the Rwandan Education Board (REB) have been meeting with leading officials across Rwanda to discuss strategies that will increase participation in a fourth national student writing competition.

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