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For 2017-2021, VVOB Rwanda formulated its goal as follows: 'Leading, Teaching and Learning Together - Umusemburo w'Ireme ry'Uburezi' (LTLT). Three different projects serve as our goal's pillars:

 

 

The projects are being implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Education through the Rwanda Education Board and the University of Rwanda - College of Education (URCE); and in coordination with other partners in the education sector. Primary and secondary schools in 17 districts are benefiting from these projects aiming to improve educational services being delivered to school leaders and teachers, advancing the implementation of the competence-based curriculum.

1. Girls on MARS

 

Mathematics Achievements in Rwandan Schools (Girls on MARS) project centres on strengthening the professional development opportunities for primary school leaders on one hand, and on improving the mentorship system for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) on the other.

 

The programme is built around three pillars:

 

  • enhancing the diploma course training on school leadership for head teachers;
  • improving the professional learning communities for head teachers; 
  • strengthening NQTs through an effective mentorship system.

 

Each pillar contributes to the effective implementation of the Ministry of Education’s competence-based curriculum to improve learning outcomes in maths in a gender-responsive environment, especially for girls.

 

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2. Induction of New Teachers

Teachers have the most direct impact on student well-being and learning outcomes. Ensuring that teachers have the competences and motivation to perform well is key to guaranteeing educational quality and equity. Given the high number of NQTs that join the teaching force every year, the project focuses on improved mentoring, monitoring and supervision of NQTs during their first year of primary education teaching.

 

To achieve this, VVOB and URCE:

 

  • analyse the capacity needs of NQTs, mentor teachers in primary schools, and tutors at the Province’s teacher training colleges;
  • design and develop a mentorship programme;
  • train mentorship trainers, mentor teachers, and Teacher Training College tutors;
  • and evaluate and study the developed mentorship programme.

 

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3. Leaders in Teaching

 

VVOB’s role in Leaders in Teaching centres on raising the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders in secondary education by improving the delivery, sustainability and institutionalisation of continuous professional development (CPD) services.

 

The project is built around four pillars:

 

  • CPD diploma or certificate courses for school and sector leaders;
  • professional learning communities of head teachers, led by trained sector and district education officers;
  • CPD certificate courses for school-based mentors, department heads, and subject leaders;
  • professional learning communities for teachers at targeted schools.

 

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4. Scratc²h 2050

 

In the framework of Supporting Coding among Rwandan Adolescents & Teachers through the Curriculum & Clubs Heading for Rwanda 2050 (Scratc²h 2050), learners will be introduced to coding principles in the classroom as STEM and ICT teachers integrate Scratch in STEM and ICT courses. The coding clubs, next, will provide the opportunity to truly develop digital skills in an enjoyable environment, combining fun with learning the language of generation Z: the programming language.

 

To this end, VVOB will train secondary school STEM and ICT teachers on coding and its benefits through blended learning. After training, they will continue to develop professionally through participation in ongoing online and biannual face-to-face ScratchEd Meetups.

The project is built around four pillars:

  • Development of a Scratc²h 2050 pedagogical guide, complemented by ICT and STEM lesson plans and Open Education Resources (OERs)
  • CPD trajectory for ICT and STEM teachers
  • Professional learning communities of ICT and STEM teachers
  • Establishment of after school Scratc²h 2050 coding clubs

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5. Building Resilience through Leading, Teaching and Learning Together

This project centres on building the resilience of key education actors at central, district, sector and school level to manage the current COVID-19 crisis as well as future crises.

Under the ongoing Leading, Teaching and Learning Together project (LTLT), VVOB provides continuous professional development (CPD) services to key education actors through blended learning. This project allows for these trajectories to be delivered in full digital mode and includes thematic support on school hygiene and distance learning, among others.

The project is built around four pillars:

  • Providing laptops and internet connectivity to secure an enabling online CPD environment for all key actors;
  • Developing a digital data-ecosystem for planning and M&E to ensure a quick response system to emerging needs;
  • Integrating thematic support on resilient schools in current CPD materials;
  • Building the capacity of officials on effective school leadership (district-based officers) and mentoring and coaching (sector-based officers), and ensuring teachers and school leaders have the required ICT skills to participate in online learning.

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