Online CPD Program - Background
The Ministry of Education (MINEDUC), through Rwanda Education Board (REB), has embarked on reviewing its curriculum to align it with national aspirations and to ensure that the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values acquired by Rwandans in schools meet the challenges of the 21st century. The designed curriculum named Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC) was launched in April 2015. The induction of CBC requires large-scale efforts to rapidly prepare the education system to deliver the new curriculum approaches. As a part of this preparation, Teacher Development & Management and Career Guidance & Counseling (TDM&CGC)/REB has provided a three-phase CBC induction training program for teachers. The nation-wide cascade training mechanism has established with the great effort of local education stakeholders such as District Directors of Education (DDEs), District Education Officers (DEOs) and Sector Education Officers SEOs) aligning with Rwandan decentralization policy. It enabled to engage all in-service teachers of the pre-primary, primary, lower secondary and upper secondary in CBC induction training. As a result of the wide range of efforts from various stakeholders, teachers with new teaching competencies for CBC have successfully initiated a new curriculum in Rwandan schools. However, CBC always requires updating lessons to accommodate new information created in the world to establish a knowledge-based society. It calls for the holistic demand for Continuous Professional Development (CPD).