|Day two of June's "not-so-dry season"|
|Students learning to lay bricks...with mud.|
|Uh...I can't do that.|
Kivu Hills will most likely provide a similar model but within a more entrepreneurial context to its students who lag behind the more elite academic high-schools in the country. And yet when I asked the teacher who himself attended the MIT of Rwanda for civil engineering, he said that students here are more engaged, less of a discipline concern, and generally love learning what they're learning more than their "smarter" peers in prep schools. Perhaps our continued prejudice about what constitutes "smart" as a civilization is still in need of some reconstruction. Oh wait, that's already happening...the Rwandan government just embarked on an 18 month curriculum and testing overhaul that will, "help students gain skills and have a competitive edge regional and international labour market." (http://www.newtimes.co.rw/news/index.php?i=15757&a=77685) That of course doesn't mean throwing the baby out with the bath water, but it is recognizing that there is more to memorizing content and rote learning. Learning by doing is the model that always has and always will get results. Right on Rwanda.
|A classroom at The University of Rwanda's College of Finance and Banking. Professor John Gasangwa showing me where he teaches, except for when he takes his students outside to work on projects--where the learning really happens.|