President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame has declared that the country has made progress as a result of the involvement of women in governance.
President Kagame made this known on Tuesday in his message shared on twitter to celebrate the International Women’s Day.
‘’From the beginning, RPF has walked the talk by creating an environment that enabled women to take their rightful place. Gender equality has always been central to the politics of RPF. The progress we see in Rwanda today is the result of this commitment to inclusivity. ‘’
‘’Equality is a right not a favour. We must challenge ourselves to do even more and better to ensure that the next generations of our daughters and granddaughters inherit a nation where their aspirations have no limits.’’ President Kagame tweeted.
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The First Lady of Rwanda, The First Lady of Rwanda, Jeannette Kagame has called on parents and other stakeholders to ensure that their children obtain a quality education.
Kagame made this call in a tweet, on Wednesday, June 16, a day set aside as the Day of the African Child.
“This year, as Rwanda focuses on the role of the community in promoting ECD, we are calling on parents, partners, employers, and everyone to continue supporting these efforts geared towards ensuring every child’s access to quality education, care, health, and protection,” the First Lady stated.
The Rwanda National Electoral Commission has said that more women have shown interest in becoming members of Parliament.
There are 326 women among the 537 candidates that have shown interest to contest in the election.
This disclosure was made by the, Electoral Commission Chairperson, Prof Kalisa Mbanda, who stated that this was an indication that there was gender balance in Rwanda.
"It is good news that more women are vying for such high positions," Prof Mbanda noted.
Women occupy 64 seats in the lower House and it is a constitutional requirement in the country that women should have 30 per cent of administrative positions.
In addition, there are 24 exclusive women seats which are decided in indirect election.
A total of 179 women have shown interest in the 24 seats reserved for women.
Three provinces, Eastern, Sothern and Western, have six women representatives while the Northern Province has four women representatives followed by the City of Kigali with two women, according to NEC.
The Parliamentary election have been slated for September 3 and 4 and all the 80 seats in the Parliament are to be vied for.
The Rwandan Government has introduced Information and Communication Technology(ICT) education in schools in the country.
The policy ''smart class rooms" seeks to incorporate ICT into various aspects of the country's education system and reform teaching and learning systems.
According to the Director General of Rwandan Education Board(REB), Dr Irénée Ndayambaje, who made this known , recently, in a training session for teachers on the use of ICT in schools in Kigali, the policy is also intended to integrate technology in all education processes such as preparation, delivery of lessons, assessments, research among others.
He stressed that the target is to have 1,500 schools equipped with smart classrooms. Presently, only 645 schools are equipped in the country.