Leadership Retreat to discuss basic education
The quality of basic education will be one of the major issues to be tabled by government leaders at the 11th National Leadership Retreat slated to take place from 8-10 March at Gabiro School of Infantry in Eastern Province.
The meeting will be chaired His Excellence President Paul Kagame and will be attended by more than 250 members of cabinet, ambassadors, mayors and heads of key government agencies. Senior members of the legislature and judiciary, and representatives of the private sector, expected to attend.
Under the theme- ‘Accountable Governance’ other issues to be discussed during the interactive panel sessions will include: improving planning, coordination and service delivery as well as mechanisms to accelerate private sector growth.
The retreat will discuss the role of education, governance and private sector as key to achieving EDPRS2 and Vision 2020.
Today morning is when preparations for transportation and security for the Rwandan leaders getting to ready set off for the retreat were in high gear at the Prime Minister’s office. They left for Gabiro, this afternoon.
Rwanda shifted from using French in schools to English and over 43,000 teachers were trained in the English language with the first batch undergoing three month training between November 2009 and January 2010.
Technical education (TEVT) may also be one of the key education areas that may come up during the meeting, since the government has set its eyes on improving human capacities and skills by the year 2020, to move from an agricultural to knowledge based economy.
In February 2014, The Ministry of Education launched the education for all review (EFA) that is expected to ascertain the progress made by Rwanda’s education system with a view to inform policymakers.
Government commitments to education include improving early childhood care and education–focusing on the most vulnerable children–universal basic education and meeting learning needs with a target of increasing adult literacy by at least to 50 per cent.
Rwanda has the highest primary school enrolment rates in Africa. For both boys and girls, it is on track to achieve universal access to primary education by 2015. There has been sustained progress in access to education with the primary net enrolment rate increasing to 96.5 per cent in 2012.