Rwanda’s Digital Educational System to Launch in June
Thanks to a partnership between the Rwandan government and Microsoft, students across Rwanda will soon be able to hop on the web to access educational resources and engage with one another.
Now in its third year (the partnership began in 2014), the partnership is focused on building a platform that enables students, teachers and institutions connect, engage and be immersed in educational experiences, delivered via digital technologies.
Under the broader goal of helping the educational industry transform digitally, this platform will leverage the use of computers and the internet to impart knowledge, as well as help devise curriculum that reflects life in the 21st century.
According to Warren La Fleur, Microsoft’s regional education industry manager for West, East, Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands, this digital transformation is made up of four parts:
1 – “empowering students with digital tools, practices, and technologies so they can actively participate in their own learning”
2 – “empowering teachers to become even better teachers by constructing immersive ways of delivering and communicating new ideas which stimulates students to self-discover”
3 – “empowering institutions to be more productive and efficient using digital technologies”
4 – “investigating new instructional methods that stimulate relevant 21st century skills to support Rwanda’s economic emergence.”
These four parts come together to include everything from helping students know how to turn on and use basic computer software to digitizing classroom content, an effort that could take the form of a smart classroom.
La Fleur says, “The concept of the smart classroom is to create a space where you have devices, internet, new digital content, a modern curriculum, e-books, and new ways of assessing students”, and the hope is to have smart classrooms in several parts of Rwanda before the end of the current financial year or as soon as August 2017 (because the Rwandan Education Board is currently working on establishing 500 smart classrooms across the country).
Of course, the benefits of digitizing education is obvious and the greater benefit to Rwandan students cannot be over-emphasized. So I’ll stay off the subject.
To read the full interview between Microsoft’s Warren La Fleur and The New Times’ Eugene Kwibuka, Click here.
Source – allafrica.com