Over the last quarter, the Sanejo team together with Ntenyo School leaders have experienced a number of achievements: 2014 Primary Leaver’s National exams results were published in January, a new experienced and passionate principal was appointed to the school, and we have also recruited a new university intern to work with teachers and students to better improve teaching methodologies and English skills.
Education & School Leadership
Ntenyo’s 2014 finishing class outperformed at the Primary Leavers’ National Exam with a 100% success, and the top 6 students were admitted into excellence schools. This great performance ranked the school among the top 5 schools in the district.
Furthermore, the school has new leadership. Veronique Uwiremye is the new principal. She has been in primary schools leadership for more than 6 years, and she is very passionate about education and teacher empowerment. There was a rotation amongst teachers, thanks to which the school was appointed three new teachers, and two of our teachers were appointed to another school in the district. These appointments are done in order to expand and share knowledge amongst schools in the district.
Teacher Training & Construction
Sanejo has recruited Hope Nyangoma, a new university intern. She will be joining our other three amazing interns; Jean Pierre, Florence and Godwin, to work with teachers and students in improving teaching methodology, English and computer skills as well as the use of ICTs as teaching tools.
In order to complete the school construction, a security fence and a gate were built to close the school property.
In one word, the beginning of this year has been promising and undoubtedly a beginning of another twelve months of successes, improvements and new learning outcomes!
The past quarter has marked a series of learning experiences and achievements. The construction of new facilities came to an end, the final class sat for a National Exam, which results will be out early next year, and the school closed for end of year big holidays in October 2014 and will resume classes next January.
New Teaching Methodologies
Over the course of the past quarter, Sanejo interns continued to work closely with teachers and assist them in their daily activities. Specifically, the emphasis was put on using participatory teaching methodologies to familiarize with the Rwandan Education Board’s new curriculum which will be introduced in 2016. The interns were able to provide model lessons and assist teachers in preparations. In addition to that, teachers keep working hard to improve their level of English.
Students’ Learning Development
Students have greatly benefited from teachers trainings and improved teaching methods. They are improving their reading skills and making it a culture at the school, improving their behavioral conduct and helping each other in their study groups. Specifically the P3 class formed a dancing troop where they had a Rwandan cultural dancing, modern dancing and drama units rehearsing weekly.
At the end of third term, the final class took the National Exam after which they were rewarded with a trip at the King’s Palace Museum in recognition to their hard work during tests, where they scored among the top schools in the district. The school has closed in October for big holidays, and teachers as well as school leaders are using this time to properly range the school library before classes resume in January 2015.
During this past quarter, Sanejo has been involved in a number of professional and community development activities for both the Ntenyo school and the community. There have been workshops and trainings for teachers and school leaders. In addition to this, we are building an ICT center, teachers’ and principal’s office, toilets and a nursery.
Teachers have received numerous trainings and workshops this summer. One of our directors, Mr. David Mwambari organized a workshop on leadership and students’ evaluation for teachers and school leaders. The workshop helped them better understand everyone’s role and each student’s performance and how to better help them.
Additionally, during the second term holidays, our interns intensively worked with teachers in improving their English and computer skills. They have improved their writing, listening and speaking skills considerably and are able to work in Ms Word and Excel on their own. In addition to working with the interns, the Ministry of Education in Rwanda also organized English trainings for teachers during the same period, where school-based mentors worked with them to improving their level of English.
Construction & Community Development
This year, in addition to the twelve classrooms completed last year, we are building offices for the principal and teachers, an ICT room and toilets. Upon request of the Ministry of Education that every Primary school should have a nursery school as well, we added on one classroom.
After the workshop with teachers, there was a meeting with community members, the majority of whom have been working at the school as masons since the beginning of the project. They shared their achievements since then, where many have started businesses with the money they are making by working for Sanejo and have also gained professional experience. They also have been encouraged to learn English and improve their literacy. Both meetings were followed by a group lunch and traditional dancing.
In summary, we have achieved many things this summer and our various initiatives have been both instructive and constructive for the school and local communities, as well as for the life of the project.