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IMG 5166Africa is ushering into an era that most observers and pundits are predicting will determine its destiny as the continent of the future. But to fulfill this promised bright future, the continent has to come to terms with its education and training systems that are yet to fully shed the weight of its colonial legacy and its own tribulations as a relatively new political and economic entity and player in the world arena.


In the bid to create a new African citizen who will be an effective change agent for the continent’s sustainable development as envisioned by the AU and its 2063 Agenda, the African Union Commission has developed a comprehensive ten-year Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 16-25). 


This strategy is driven by the desire to set up a “qualitative system of education and training to provide the African continent with efficient human resources adapted to African core values and therefore capable of achieving the vision and ambitions of the African Union. Read more: CESA 16-25


The information provided below was submitted as at 2020-05-31 00:01:38 by the Ministry of Education of Rwanda in responding to the AU Survey of Member States on Education Sector Response to COVID-19. The information is solely for experience sharing purposes and not to be used for other purposes without express permission of the African Union Commission. 


Country Rwanda 
Ministry Ministry of Education
Education level handled by the Ministry Pre-School, Primary, Secondary, Tertiary Education, TVET
Number of Schools in Pre-School 3401
Number of Schools in Primary 2961
Number of Schools in Secondary 1452
Number of Schools in Tertiary 40
Number of Schools in TVET 331
Does the Ministry have a COVID-19 response plan? Yes
Objectives and Priorities of the COVID-19 response plan (1) Ensure continuity of learning for all students in Rwanda, (2) Ensure that schools reopen with appropriate services and measures in place and that students re-enter the formal Education system, (3) Ensure the health and safety of students, teachers, and other education personnel, (4) Protect vulnerable populations including children with disabilities, girls and Children from lower wealth-quintiles, (5) Prepare the resilience of the education system against future shocks.
 Percentage estimate of Schools Closed 90-100
 Percentage estimate of Schools Offering Distance/Virtual Education 10-29
 Percentage estimate of Students who are currently receiving Virtual/Distance Education 30-49
Methods for the provision of Distance/Virtual Education Lessons are scanned and sent through email for students to complete., Interaction through WhatsApp/Telegram or other social messaging applications between students and teachers, Online lessons via government owned e-learning portal, Online lessons via public-private partnership led e-learning portal, TV, Radio.
Specific Innovations which are being implemented Consideration of low-tech mass broadcasting tools (like radio and television). Mass broadcasting is relevant for (a) engaging learners in some form of daily learning activity relevant to their age and grade to minimise disruption to learning and education outcomes; (b) educating children and their families on disease prevention and control at home and outside; (c) alleviating fears and trauma associated with the emergency; (d) Motivating students to return upon school-reopening; and (e) strengthening prevention. mesures against Gender based violence (GBV).
Number of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Institutions offering Distance-Virtual Education 8
Partners which are supporting the Ministry of Education to respond to COVID-19 ADEA, GPE, Save the Children, DFID, UNESCO, UNICEF, USAID, WFP
Is there a plan for reopening schools? Yes
Does the reopening plan include a back to School campaign? Yes
Does the reopening plan include catch-up strategies for the school calendar and or curriculum? Yes
Objectives and priorities of the plan to reopen Schools To support the continuation of quality learning while protecting the health and well-being of approximately 3.6 million students and 96,000 teachers
Is there a separate strategy/strategies for girls to catch up on their education due to the impact of COVID-19? Yes
Challenges that have been encountered by the Ministry while responding to COVID-19 Availability of Virtual Learning Technology Hardware and Infrastructure, Internet Connectivity to support deployment Virtual Learning platforms, Financing gaps.
Date Submitted 31-05-2020


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