Having formalised a partnership that has seen 14 SMART classrooms from 14 districts accredited as ICDL training centres in Rwanda, The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) graduated over 450 teachers with ICDL certification in 8 modules recommended by the government of Rwanda plus “ICT in Education” which teachers were most excited about. This was done during the UNESCO mobile learning week organised by AIMS through its Teacher Training Program (TTP). The event was attended by UNESCO representative, Rwanda Education Board and Current CEO & Board member for AIMS among others. The 14 Smart classrooms are being used as ICT training hubs by the two institutions to train mathematics and science teachers. AIMS, through TTP, plans to train and certify over 4000 teachers in ICDL. The ICT trainings are being done as an integral part of the AIMS Teacher Training Program, one of the key components of the AIMS-NEI Ecosystem. The TTP program is being implemented in partnership with Mastercard Foundation within the training pillar of the Foundation’s Leaders in Teaching Initiative (LIT).
“Through AIMS training, I have discovered that learning does not require physical classes and hard copies of books only. In the future, the use of ICT should not be an alternative in teaching and learning but a necessity for teachers and student” Mr. Pacifique Ndayisaba, Biology Teacher, GS Saint Jerome Janja
AIMS selected 2 teachers per district to represent the rest of the teachers and receive certificates on behalf of those that didn’t make it due to guidelines in place to curb the spread of COVID-19. AIMS plans to host teacher-graduations in each of the 14 districts from October to December 2020.
In response to the key learning on the unique need for fostering motivation amongst teachers for Technology-enabled Teacher Training, the AIMS Teacher Training Program(TTP) in collaboration with partners involved launched an Inaugural Teachers Awards during its celebration of this years UNESCO Mobile Learning week. The awards which will be held in December this year will aim to celebrate and recognize the teachers’ engagement with the AIMS Online Teacher Training Program during this COVID_19 PERIOD.