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Rwandan Classrooms to Benefit From iPods

Teachers receive new iPods during launch of the Teacher Academy.
Teachers receive new iPods during launch of the Teacher Academy.
June 27, 2014
Plan International is working to improve learning in schools through technology.

With the help of Plan International, iPods are now the norm in 166 Rwandan primary schools.

“It is time to bring new things that make an impact,” said Plan Rwanda Director Peter Van Dommelen. “The project will help both students and teachers improve the quality of education.”

The initiative is centered on improving teachers’ access to study materials. The iPods will enable teachers to access a dictionary, English grammar notes, and 200 short training videos recorded by teachers working in high-performing schools.

Plan also organized filming sessions for model lessons and teaching techniques. The videos were uploaded to the iPods so that teachers can watch and learn without having to travel long distances to training centers. The lessons are part of Plan Rwanda’s Teacher Self-Learning Academy project, in partnership with the Ministry of Education’s Innovation in Education Center and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

“The iPods contain very useful learning materials,” said Antony Karamaga, a teacher at Nyamata High School in Rwanda. “I am sure that the number of students who will pass the national exams will go up.”

The vice-mayor in charge of social affairs in Bugesera district, Priscille Uwiragiye, said the devices are integral in achieving the district’s educational goals.

Issa Claver, an official from the Ministry of Education’s Center for Innovation in Education, said the distribution of iPods in Bugesera is a pilot project that could be scaled up in many other parts of the country if it proves useful. Currently only 16 of 85 districts in the region have benefited.

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