Can Rwanda evolve its Education System?
Education is a process of facilitating learning and knowledge, skills acquisition. Investing in education is the best investment ever one could make. In as much as most of the governments are investing in education, there is a big gap between the skills gained and the quality of education one brings at the table. (“Mahatma Gandhi Quotes”, 2020) highlighted that my life is my message. this means that what you do shows who you are and as a student sent to school, the output is waited by many including the nation. some students tend to work hard to expose what got from school but the style and school learning system don’t favor their end goal. However, there is a high level of unemployment due to a lack of skills and knowledge to meet what community need which accelerates the level of unemployment. it is not well understood for schools to train and provide outdated skills which don’t allow one to compete in the world market. Providing training from three to six months on how to paint, craft, draw, compose stories, and even on health through training farmers on their child’s health as well as nutrition could be more effective than spending twelve years studying what doesn’t match with what the community needs. maybe it is because the world is evolving every day and it takes a long time to change the teaching pedagogy.
Different learning strategies like learning strategies that are often used in kindergartens such as learning through creative and play learning, peer learning, and individual learning when providing/ delivering training and workshop. With these key learning, that kind of education would empower students with skills to create something from their own through critical thinking or self-directed learning.
Peer learning would also enable students to share their ideas and gain more views from group members which boosts thinking and seeing an idea from another angle. The education should be aiming at providing skills through training students practically as they are building their professionalism. Enable students with financial capacity through practical skills would help students pay for his/her studies by connecting them with potential clients, do causal works for money and go ahead and pay for the school.
These three strategies such as; teaching, assessing, and learning strategies which are more of inputs that can be invested in like teachers, training, and other resources. The process to go about the activity which is more of how curriculum and syllabus designed and how practical they are. The outcome is more of what people are seeing or students can do to society.
The above points are learning strategies that are being considered to be the best ones on my side that define what should quality education looks like according to my experience — providing learners with materials needed that could help them to practically bring what they are learning to a real and visual item that one can interact with could be adapted.
I believe that the purpose of education should be from the lens of economics; the financial crisis has rocked the development of many countries due to poor education that encourages unemployment. When you are financially stable, your education is considered to be the best since you can access any school that could supply you with quality education, and again in return, education needs to benefit the people economically. Education should support people financially since it is always what is expected of them. (Ozturk, 2001), Timothy J.bartik (2012) highlighted the educational contribution of constant achievement of economic development in technological capacity and technical change in industries.
Education has played a significant role in different sectors whereby in agriculture, the productivity among farmers is determined by the technology used which requires skills and knowledge hence education. The concern here is all about educating students with skills that facilitate to make something that will help them pay for their school fees and also living amenities, support students or enable students to get money and support themselves while they are learning and also after studying.
Class is a platform where a learner learns from and even operates from. Education could be in charge of looking for clients to buy what the student crafted as the skills taken back in the outside world. Is it a loss if a school trains students and they get out with knowledge and skills that make him/her super at the workplace? If a student is competitive, the school remains with 30%of the item cost and a student goes with 70% of the item cost to solve his problems as well as the selling point of the student and school. This means that school is famous and this promotes it which is equally to 30% of the gains after equipping the student with skills that enables him/ her to meet what workplace desire. Education should be seen in the lens of the economic sector whereby it has to bear fruits hence benefiting the community through educated people who are financially stable and develop economically. source: (2020)
Reflecting back during my class time, I found and saw what quality education it is and what it requires. I see quality education as education that allows students to say what he/she thinks of something through self-reflection, peer, practice, and class sharing. I also found a quality education as education that tests students about what they learned and see if a student is at the level you set a student can finish a course at. I also found quality education as education that is practical means; a student needs to be equipped with necessary materials related which help the student to see what is being thought of as a real object.
Furthermore, according to the book (Bell Hook, 1994), I found that “To begin, the professor must genuinely value everyone’s presence. There must be an ongoing recognition that everyone influences the classroom dynamic, that everyone contributes”. With these students are encouraged and expected to actively participate in learning to engage what is being taught to them.
Quality education is more accountable where a student can go through the content, video provided and learn on his own and come to school sharing critical insight and what he didn’t understand. In general, I found quality education as an outcome or output after investing. Sharing and allowing one to express what he knows and gain new what he doesn’t know and be in an environment that favors him to study when equipped with materials to help him.
According to (Harry A. Patrions, 2014)” quality education is more of autonomy, assignment, accountability, and attention to culture.” I agree with Harry that quality education is more of assigning students, care about lessons and others because everyone can contribute to society. Quality education must prepare learners, equipped them with experience of what is taking place, and will take place to the ground so that what is taught at school be prepared for sustainable solutions hence assigning students and making them accountable.
From the reading’s hooks 1994 “caring the soul while teaching,”. Caring the soul while teaching is more of looking for relevance and delivering them because you are pushed by what you want to help that will benefit people and save souls. What is missing and how do we want them to be and chose education/ teaching students that will give them skills while caring for their lives and solutions to the problems affecting their education as well.
Inconclusion, Education should use different learning styles incorporated together, because it would result in good quality returns that train competitive students who are able to create and provide jobs. I experienced memorization studying style and also self-directed learning which more of giving a student a room for expressing him/herself. I recommend education that community could benefit from after sending a student to school which is true explanations of my life is my message. what a student got from school could be what society benefits from. It is virtual to understand what type of education needed, and how can one adopt it? I understand that there is a problem of financial capacity for people themselves to afford it. my question is, where is government in the allocation of facilities? it is hard to hire teaching without teaching aids like books and other teaching facilities. It is up to me and you to see what is best for the current and next generation.
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