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Transforming education in Rwanda: Building Learning Foundations launch

16 March 2018

Rwanda's state minister for primary and secondary education, Dr Isaac Munyakazi, as well as the British High Commissioner, Joanne Lomas, attended the official launch of the Building Learning Foundations programme in Kigali, Rwanda on 13 March 2018.

The programme is focussed on improving learner outcomes in English and mathematics in all state-funded primary schools and is the result of Rwanda's continued drive for quality education. Education Development Trust carefully designed the programme in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) and Rwanda Education Board (REB) to complement, support and enhance existing systems and structures at national, district and school level. The programme adopts a holistic approach addressing teacher development, school leadership, system strengthening all with a common focus of inclusive education practices. Building Learning Foundations will work with 25,000 teachers and reach some 2.5 million children.

Building Learning Foundations: timely and necessary

Headteachers and teachers joined local, national and international dignitaries for the programme's official launch. Dr Isaac Munyakazi reinforced that the programme is 'both timely and necessary' to support the future of the nation while Joanne Lomas underscored Britain's commitment to improving the quality of education in Rwanda. Headteachers were symbolically presented with English and mathematics toolkits indicative of the significant investment into training and resources that the programme represents.

Education Development Trust's regional director Tim Bainbridge was at the launch: 'It was fantastic to see the enthusiasm and appetite for the Building Learning Foundations programme. Government officials and teaching staff alike are all really excited about seeing results in learner outcomes; we have a lot to achieve over the coming months and seeing the programme launched to such a positive reception is a great way to start.'

The £25 million programme is funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) and is being implemented by Education Development Trust, British Council and VSO.

Find out more about the Building Learning Foundations programme.