The United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) handed over a state-of-the-art audio-visual studio worth US $51,076 to the Rwanda Education Board (REB). Since 2011 USAID’s Literacy, Language, and Learning (L3) Initiative has worked in partnership with the Rwanda Education Board (REB) and the University of Rwanda’s College of Education to strengthen the quality of education and ensure that children leave primary school equipped with foundational literacy and numeracy skills.
Support from the L3 initiative included the development of a comprehensive package of Kinyarwanda, Mathematics, and English print and interactive audio materials, accompanied by teacher training to improve teaching and learning in Primary 1-4 classrooms across the country. Nearly 2 million learners nationwide have benefited from the L3 program.
L3 furnished the studio to record the interactive audio lessons that are played in classrooms, as well as to produce interactive video-based resource packs used by the REB’s School-Based Mentoring Program. Resources in the specially designed audio-visual studio include cameras, microphones and headphones, computers, and other editing and recording equipment.
“L3 is handing the studio over to REB at the right time, especially with the implementation of the competence-based curriculum this year,” explained REB Director General, Janvier Gasana. The Director General added, “As the L3 initiative demonstrated, we can use technology to make learning interesting and fun.”
“The United States has appreciated the productive collaboration with the Rwanda Education Board to date, and is committed to continued partnership with the Government of Rwanda to strengthen teaching and learning in Rwanda,” said Marcia Musisi-Nkambwe, Mission Director for USAID in Rwanda.
The symbolic handover ceremony was held at the studio, which is located within the REB offices, and was attended by L3 representatives along with officials from the Ministry of Education and USAID.