The Rwanda Education Board and its partners have launched Andika Rwanda 2019 National Writing Competition which invites Rwandans to write stories and poems especially for children, to encourage their love of reading from a young age.
Andika Rwanda is a Rwanda Education Board (REB) initiative supported by USAID Soma Umenye. The launch took place on Monday 5th November 2018 in Rusizi District at Nkombo Island.
The Official launch of Andika Rwanda was coincided with an early learning awareness activity organized by the Rwanda Education Board (REB) held in Rusizi District from November 4th to November 5th 2018, to demonstrate the Government of Rwanda’s commitment to ensure the provision of high-quality early grade The activity centered around outreach to Nkombo Sector, an island in Lake Kivu which has three primary schools and where the visiting delegation met with teachers, community members, and education leaders to discuss the importance of early learning for social and economic transformation.
“Ensuring access to high-quality early learning requires adequate support for infrastructure, pedagogy, and learning materials, among others and therefore, the activity was marked by visits to education development partners’ activities in the region which aim to support the provision of early learning.” Reads part of the statement from REB.
The statement adds that education activities taking place include trainings being conducted in Kamembe for Head Teachers and TTC Tutors by VVOB and BLF, respectively, as well as demonstrations of effective early grade teaching of Kinyarwanda supported by USAID Soma Umenye, effective early grade teaching of mathematics and English by BLF, and literacy promotion through community reading clubs by Mureke Dusome.
Teaching and Learning Materials to support Early Learning were handed over to the Head Teacher of St. Pierre Primary, including P1 Kinyarwanda Textbooks, Pupils Activity Books for P1 and P2 English and Mathematics, and early childhood education toolkits.
The activity was closed by the Launch of Andika Rwanda 2019 National Writing Competition and the closing of the National Literacy Month.
The delegation included the Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education, Dr. Isaac Munyakazi, the USAID Mission Director in Rwanda, Leslie Marbury, the Vice-Mayor of Social Affairs in Rusizi District, Emmanuel Nsigaye, the Director General of Rwanda Education Board (REB), Dr. Irénée Ndayambaje, the Flemish Association for Development Cooperation and Technical Assistance (VVOB), the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and the Building Learning Foundations (BLF), officials from Rusizi District, teachers and local stakeholders.
The purpose of Rwanda’s National Literacy Month 2018 was to spur children and adults throughout Rwanda to read, write, and embrace literacy as the foundation for learning, a tool for life and a means for individuals to contribute to Rwanda’s national ambitions. This year’s theme was: “Read a book, write your future.”
Andika Rwanda is a national competition inviting Rwandans to write stories and poems especially for children, to encourage their love of reading from a young age.