December 7, 2017: The Government of Rwanda and the Republic of Korea signed a financing agreement worth US$ 7 million (Approximately Frw 5.9 billion) to support ICT development in schools.
Dubbed Capacity Development for ICT in Education (CADIE), the three year support(2017-2020) is set to help equip 43000 primary and secondary school teachers with ICT skills in all the districts of the country.
The project will run from 2017 to 2020 implemented by the Rwanda Education Board. It will focus on capacity building of 43000 primary and secondary school teachers as well as 446 district and sector education officers regarding using ICT in education.
Speaking after the signing, Claver Gatete, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning noted that Rwanda places education as a key sector to lead social and economic transformation, tapping into the limitless potential of an empowered population.
“In realization of the huge potentials of ICT in education, the government has heavily invested on developing its respective ICT in education plans and on bringing various ICT equipment and resources into schools. Alongside these investments, the role and capacity of teachers have become more critical than ever. The challenge is how to enable teachers not only to overcome the technology barriers but also to empower them to integrate appropriate technology into the teaching and learning process,” Minister Gatete added.
“Korea is widely known as a country that has achieved remarkable economic growth after emerging from the ruins of war in half a century, which is probably the shortest comeback period of any nation in human history. Education has played a crucial role in making such rapid progress. In particular, the use of ICT has been regarded as a key driving force behind Korea’s educational development,” Kim Eung-joong, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea said.