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Christ Church Academics help transform school leaders in Rwanda

23 February 2012

A group of academic staff from Canterbury Christ Church University have held a workshop on behalf of the Ministry of Education in Rwanda to help improve the skills of people who train the country's secondary school headteachers.

(From left) Dr Robin Precey from Christ Church presenting a trainer with her certificate, alongside Emile Rudasing from VVOB, the Flemish Association for Development Cooperation and Technical Assistance.
(From left) Dr Robin Precey from Christ Church presenting a trainer with her certificate, alongside Emile Rudasing from VVOB, the Flemish Association for Development Cooperation and Technical Assistance.

Undertaken with over 40 trainers drawn from various learning institutions across Rwanda, ‘Training for Trainers’ comprised of a five-day workshop in school leadership and management which aimed to help enhance and develop the training given to head teachers.

The workshop was led by Dr Robin Precey, Dr Coleen Jackson and Les Craggs from the Centre for Education Leadership and School Improvement, part of Christ Church’s Faculty of Education.

Dr Robin Precey, said: “This particular programme is crucial to help transform school leaders and in turn contribute to transforming people’s lives through education in Rwanda. We hope that the skills learnt by the trainers during the workshop will enable them to support secondary school head teachers to improve their schools across Rwanda.”

The workshop took place in Rwamagana District, and was organised by the Ministry of Education (Mineduc), in partnership with the Flemish Association for Development Cooperation and Technical Assistance (VVOB).

Trainers share ideas with each other via a gallery during the workshop
Trainers share ideas with each other via a gallery during the workshop

Damien Ntaganzwa, the Deputy Director General in charge of the Teacher Development and Management, REB, said the training will play a decisive role in proper school management to enhance quality education.

"It is necessary to have a highly skilled pool of trainers who will be training teachers in school management and leadership. I believe this will contribute greatly to the country's development, especially in the education sector" Ntagangwa said.

He added that the training will also help improve the standards of living among teachers through enhancement of skills in their daily duties.

The workshop drew participants from Mineduc, Rwanda Education Board (REB), Kigali Institute of Education (KIE) and the National University of Rwanda (NUR), among others.

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Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
  • Christ Church has one of the best teacher training records in the country, with both its Initial Teacher Training and Teach First programmes recently awarded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, and being in the Complete University Guide’s UK top 10 for three consecutive years.
  • Over 90% of our newly qualified teachers are in teaching jobs six months after finishing their course.
  • Founded in 1962 as a teacher training college, 2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee this year, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

 

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