On 29 November, VVOB, University of Rwanda - College of Education and Rwanda Education Board graduated over 1,400 teachers and school leaders in primary and secondary education in Rwanda after successfully completing continuous professional development trainings. By 2021, a total of 5,000 individuals will have strengthened their school leadership and teaching skills, improving learning outcomes of all their learners.
Over 1,400 graduates were celebrated on Friday after they completed professional development courses at the University of Rwanda - College of Education (URCE) with VVOB's support.
- Head teachers and deputy head teachers enrolled in the Effective School Leadership diploma course are trained to master the competences needed to effectively fulfil their roles as school leaders.
- School-based mentor teachers and teachers in charge of STEM courses are strengthened with the Educational Mentorship and Coaching certificate course. They are now ideally placed to organise and facilitate professional development activities for their colleagues at school.
- Sector education inspectors (local government officers) also benefit from the Educational Mentorship and Coaching certificate course, but their focus is on coaching school leaders and on initiating and facilitating professional learning communities for school leaders.
The ultimate goal of VVOB's endeavours in Rwanda - supported by Belgium, Mastercard Foundation and the ELMA Foundation - is to improve learning outcomes in primary and secondary education so young people have the skills they need to secure decent work and a bright future.
“We wish to extend our sincerest congratulations to all the graduates on the successful completion of their programme,” said Ruth Mukakimenyi, Program Partner at Mastercard Foundation. "Today, they return to their schools armed with new skills and with the confidence in knowing they have the power to improve learning outcomes for their students.”
By 2021, the end date of VVOB's ongoing programmes in Rwanda, a total of roughly 2,000 school leaders and 3,000 teachers will have strengthened competences in their fields, benefiting some 1,300 primary and secondary schools.
Enjoy some pictures from the graduation ceremony. Tip: hover over them for more context.