“THE FUTURE WILL NEED BEST CODERS LIKE YOU, THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING, NEVER STOP”, MINISTER OF STATE IN CHARGE OF ICT&TVET, IRERE CLAUDETTE SAYS DURING AWARDING CEREMONY OF BEST WINNERS IN SCRATCH COMPETITION.

 

 

Tuesday, 01 June 2021, the Rwanda Basic Education Board (REB), through the ICT in Education Department,  planned and to conducted a nation-wide competition on Scratch programming for the upper primary and lower secondary schools across the country.

Scratch is an educational tool with a visual programming language that makes it easy for students to create their own interactive stories such as, animations, games, project-based activities, music, and art. It helps young children to learn better, to apply their knowledge, to solve given problems, to reason systematically, to work collaboratively and to develop essential 21st century skills.

REB introduced the annual Scratch competition in Rwanda to promote digital literacy and programming skills and to prepare future engineers. This activity is in line with the fourth ESSP strategic priority of “Enhanced the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to transform teaching and learning and support the improvement of quality across all levels of education in Rwanda.

The competition started from the school level up to national level with the following objectives: To promote the spirit of innovation and creativity, to increase critical thinking and creativity in ICT Subject, to provide progressive effort that helps students to improve with ICT Skills in scratch programming language, the competition will also help Sector Education Inspector (SEI), District Education (DEO) and Rwanda Education Board to identify best performing schools at sector, district and National level. The identified schools will serve as role model to other schools on programming. Only the first students in both primary and secondary, from each district were allowed to compete at the national level.

Hon. Minister of State in charge of ICT&TVET, IRERE Claudette awarded  Kwizera Isaac from GS  Gisozi in Gasabo District and Akalisa  Kessia from College Saint Bernard in Gisagara District as best winners of scratch competition at national level.

In his opening remarks, Director General of Rwanda Basic Education Board, Dr. Nelson MBARUSHIMANA said that REB will always support the science and technology in education by preparing future engineers, “ REB has committed to strengthen and improve the ways in which  SET( Science , Elementary and Technology) lesson is being taught for the purpose of producing future engineers.” He noted

Speaking to the all pupils who participated in the Scratch competition at national level, Hon. Minister of State, IRERE Claudette said: “The future will need best coders like, this is just beginning. Never stop.”

Hon. Minister of State continued by noting that pupils who use the critical thinking in any critical situation are the ones to be desired and supported; “ We need pupils like, pupils who can ask questions, and solve the problems  in any situation, that’s what programmers are there for.” She underlined

All pupils who were competing at national level were awarded the school bags and the first 3 winners were awarded medals, cups, school-bags, t-shirts and laptops.

 

Coding is not myth, it is a reality for Primary and Secondary pupils

 

Young programmers were ready to showcase their skills in coding

All 60 Pupils from 60 schools were competing at national level.

 

 

 

 

 

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