Sally Training Teachers in Ntenyo
Sanejo’s mission is to empower local communities through education. This year, Sanejo has put a special emphasis on the construction of three new classrooms and connected the Ntenyo Primary School to electricity; which has allowed the installation of internet-connected computers. Additionally, Sanejo has built a library and improved the quality of education through teacher trainings provided by four Rwandan University students.
These accomplishments are in keeping with Sanejo’s three pillars, which are: the Improvement of Education and Infrastructure, Local Youth Empowerment and International Experience. More specifically, Sanejo’s team both globally and on the ground in Ntenyo are working together to accomplish the following:
(1) Improvement of Education and Infrastructure
- In April, an Australian teacher named Sally Morgan held a training session for teachers and interns. Sanejo’s interns have also organized pedagogy trainings, inclusive of a course on the methodology used in teaching Kinyarwanda as well as a course in Mathematics.
- Given the teachers’ low level of English language proficiency, Sanejo has been hosting daily English classes everyday to help the teachers improve their speaking, writing and reading skills.
- All 13 teachers are being trained individually in the use of computers so that they reach a standard level where they are able to learn together. Prior to these trainings, many of the teachers did not know how to turn on/off a computer.
- Furthermore, teachers suggested that these trainings continue during school holidays (end of July to early August), illustrating their motivation toward continued education. Training on compassion fatigue is also planned to take place during that time as well as student-centered learning. Also, all of the teachers were qualified as “Excellent” during the district inspection.
(2) Local Youth Empowerment
- Together with empowering teachers, an emphasis was put in encouraging and supporting students in various ways. Having the aim of creating an English-speaking environment at the school, students are encouraged and taught how to use simple English communicative sentences and supported in other classes such as mathematics, science and social studies. One of the teachers had a great idea of forming a reading club that meets three times a week. In this club, they have English reading sessions and work on their vocabulary and grammar.
- In order to help primary six students prepare for the national exam, Sanejo’s interns have organized special weekend sessions to help these students learn different lessons that they need extra help to understand.
(3) International Experience
- A group of Australian volunteers will be on the ground in Ntenyo from August 17 to August 29 to help with the construction of new classrooms.
Teachers Use Computer for the First Time
Teachers Collaborate with University Students
Intern Jean Pierre Instructs How to Use a Computer