Two smart classrooms have opened in Rwanda, accelerating the country’s plans to become the leading implementer of sustainable technology on the African continent.
The smart classrooms are those connected to the ICT network to improve and increase the variety of learning materials available to learners.
The classrooms have been constructed under the ICT-integrated classroom project which is spearheaded by the Government of Korea through Korea Education and Research Information Service project (KERIS).
Korea also plans to establish 60 other ICT centers of excellence across Rwanda.
The New Times, Rwanda’s government-owned newspaper, quotes Isaac Munyakazi, the State Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, as saying that the facilities will accelerate the implementation and sustainability of national programme to use technology in schools.
“Technology is essential to improving the quality of education. The facilities will enable us to increase access to the digital world and internet-based learning,” Munyakazi is quoted as saying during the launch of the classrooms at College Saint Andre in Nyamirambo on Monday.
“Korea is advanced in technology and we have to learn from them. Smart classes will benefit both students and teachers,” the minister adds.
Kim Eung-joong, Korea’s Ambassador to Rwanda, is quoted as saying that smart classrooms enhance teachers’ capacity in ICT enhanced pedagogical practices and strengthen digital literacy.
He added that his country will continue supporting the use of ICT in schools as well as training primary and secondary teachers in Rwanda.
The Government has been encouraging schools to identify secure rooms where they can install computers and another ICT related infrastructure.
Under the project, the government plans to distribute 100 computers in each school.
It targets 1,500 schools. Smart classrooms are being equipped with computers connected to the internet with a screen projector, among others.
The aim is to bring about positive change both for teachers and learners as the latter get a wide range of resources while the former also teach using a wide range of resources other than using a single book.