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DFID invests Rwf 25b to build Learning Foundations

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Kigali: The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and Rwanda’s Ministry of Education launched the Building Learning Foundations Programme. The project is working to improve learner outcomes in English and Mathematics for 2.5 million children in Rwanda by focusing on establishing solid foundations at lower primary level P1, P2 and P3 in all of Rwanda’s state-funded primary schools.

The event was held at the Lemigo Hotel at an event that was attended by high level officials who included the British High Commissioner to Rwanda, the Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education and the Director General of Rwanda Education Board.

Building Learning Foundations is built on three foundations to ensure long-term, sustainable impact: teacher development, school leadership and system strengthening. Each foundation has a focus on inclusive education practices for pupils with Special Educational Needs to ensure no child is left behind. The programme supports the improvement and consolidation of National, District and School level management systems.

The Programme will provide all English and Mathematics teachers with toolkits which include teacher self and peer study books with audio and video material on an SD card, as well as continuous professional development linked to the toolkits. The Programme will provide capacity development to all Sector and District education officials to support them in implementing education policies effectively.

Speaking at the national launch, UK’s High Commissioner to Rwanda Joanne Lomas said,
“I am delighted to launch the new Building Learning Foundations Project. Through this 3 year nationwide project, the UK will provide £25.3 million for improved teaching and learning in lower primary grades 1-3 – with a focus on English and Mathematics. BLF is a strategic investment to ensure that all Rwandan children have the foundational skills needed to contribute to continued social and economic development”.

Rwanda’s Minister of State in charge of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr Isaac Munyakazi, “The Building Learning Foundations Programme is a very welcome and timely intervention by UK aid. The programme will benefit Rwandan children by building the capacity of English and Mathematics teachers, enhancing school leadership and strengthening the country’s education system”.

Head teachers welcomed the programme saying that it will support them to lead nationwide school improvement.

Georgine Mukarugira head mistress of Saint Muko Primary School in Nyamasheke district said: “Many Head Teachers like myself have not received training as leaders of learning and therefore are not aware of our roles, BLF comes to provide us with the skills and resources to lead on school improvement for learning achievements, and to budget, manage school grants, staff and learners, and maintain effective reporting and data management”.

Building Learning Foundations supports the improvement and consolidation of National, District and School level management systems. Ensuring equitable learning opportunities for pupils with Special Education Needs as a cross-cutting theme of the Programme.

The Rwf 25 billion project is being implemented in all thirty districts of Rwanda in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Rwanda Education Board.

The Building Learning Foundations Programme is being implemented by a consortium of three of the United Kingdom’s premier not-for-profit leaders in improving education globally: the Education Development Trust (coordinating), British Council, and VSO. (End)


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