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150 bright talented young female students to benefit from the Teaching assistantship Project by Inspire Empower and Educate in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation.

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Today 31st May 2019 the Mastercard foundation in partnership with Inspire Empower and Educate have launched the Teaching Assistantship Project that matches 150 talented female who are high school graduates.

The program is part of the Mastercard Foundation’s leaders in teaching initiative, which supports both new and experienced teachers, and school leaders to develop the skills they need to deliver high-quality secondary school education. The initiative aims to support teachers who are dedicated, passionate and committed to providing young people with the tools they need to find work and succeed.

Talking to the media during the project launching event, 19 years old Teaching Assistant, Ineza Blandine said that this project has helped her change the perception she had towards the Teaching profession. “With this program, I learnt that being a teacher is not only teaching in classes but rather Iam teacher wherever Iam. The students that I assist in classes will not only benefit but Iam also benefiting since Iam being mentored as well” she said.

Ineza Blandine, a program beneficiary

The young women participating in the pilot are being mentored and developed in independent learning and knowledge sharing skills, as well as benefiting from increased confidence as they collaborate with teachers in the classroom. Gaining first hand insight and knowledge about how to deliver a school curriculum that will facilitate the teaching assistant’s transition to tertiary education, especially if they choose teaching as a career.

19 years old Ishimwe Ange Lisa is also part of this program. She is a deployed at Saint Famille school in Kigali city. According to her, the program has shaped her future career path.“This program has given me the Teaching knowledge and skills and this will help me even in my future jobs.I have developed much confidence and I now have the class room management skills and this will be very helpful in my future career”. She said.

Ishimwe Ange Liza, a program beneficiary

Mayanja Swaleh is a host teacher in this program. He witnessed the importance of this program in teaching career in Rwanda. “Rwanda used to have few teachers, but with the program this problem is going to be solved with these bright and talented young teaching assistants in schools”.He noted.

Mayanja Swaleh, TAP Host teacher

However the pilot Project is special to young high school leaver girls; Swaleh wished that boys also took part as the program is still progressing.

The country Director of Inspire Empower and Educate –Rwanda (IEE) said that the chosen female teachers had performed well in Maths and sciences related courses and so is a great opportunity to create good science and maths teachers for the future. “This is a great opportunity to develop female teachers, especially those teaching science and maths. It will ease the workload of teachers and lead to better overall performance by the learners,” said Emmanuel Murenzi, Country Director, IEE. “Even if they don’t join the teaching profession, they will be strong advocates for it because they will know the challenges teachers face.’’ Murenzi added.

Mr. Murenzi Emmanuel, IEE country Director

IEE has begun implementation of this project working with 75 host schools in 15 districts of Rwanda. Precisely in Musanze, Gakenke, Rulindo, Rusizi Burera, Karongi, Muhanga, Ruhango, Nyagatare, Gatsibo, Kayonza, Kicukiro, Nyarugenge, Gasabo and Bugesera.

The 150 teaching assistants are being supported and mentored by 15 qualified education professionals and host teachers. The pilot aligns with the Ministry of Education’s priority to recruit qualified, skilled teachers to deliver the competence-based curriculum, particularly for science in secondary schools. The outcomes of this pilot project will be used to scale up the Teaching Assistantships project country wide.

The year-long on going pilot project, is well planned as it will mobilise the sum of more than USD$900,000. It will attract the best and brightest students to the teaching profession and equip them with relevant experiences and skills.

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