Intel has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Rwandan Ministry of Education with a vision to train 5 000 Rwandan teachers in the next three years on the effective use of technology in education.
As part of the project which has been praised by the ministry for its potential to enhance the development of education in Rwanda, Intel will assist in the implementation of the program and assist by providing Intel Teach Getting Started manuals to the first 5 000 teachers trained.
Intel will also be responsible for the development and revision of the Intel Teach Curriculum and the localisation of the programme for Rwanda.
"We will work closely with the Rwandan government to establish a roll out plan to ensure that the programme reaches as many teachers as possible in the shortest possible time," says Devan Naidoo, regional manager for Intel Sub-Saharan Africa.
"This MoU further signifies Intel's commitment to the region in helping teachers to be more effective educators by training them on how to integrate technology into their lessons and promoting problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration skills among their students. Similar projects have been successfully implemented in other countries in Africa like Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa where the impact is clearly visible in improved exam results," explains Naidoo.
The signing of this MoU is a milestone for the Intel Teach Programme, which is part of the Global Education Alliance and a worldwide professional development initiative to help both experienced teachers and pre-service teachers to integrate technology into their lessons to develop their student's 21st century skills and enhance learning.
"Investing in the education of youth today is the catalyst for a more advanced society, one that is equipped to make informed decisions, and compete effectively on the global stage," says Naidoo.
Intel also plans to help in revamping the Rwanda Computer network (RCn), a local computer assembling company to enable it to assemble computers for a larger market.
The company hopes that a formalised relationship with the Rwandan government will pave the way for bringing educational initiatives in neighbouring countries.