Burera: parents to support one laptop per Child program
The education officer of Burera district says parents should help children in One Laptop per Child program to study and learn using them and to take good care of them.
Pupils from primary four in schools with One Laptop per Child program are given Laptops to use at school and to take home at the end of the day.
Eumène Musabwa the education officer emphasized that parents have to always remind their children to take good care of their laptops after using them and to keep them safe for them not to be destroyed.
“When those laptops are taken at home by the students, they are no longer a responsibility of the teachers or of the school but for the parent. A parent has to ensure the laptop is used well and kept safely and to keep learning form it” says the education officer.
He reminded parents to help their children keep learning new things especially using the laptops since learning is not only done at schools.
“Computer experience is gained through continuous use of it not because it is used only at school. This is the same reason why students are allowed to take their laptops at home to keep practicing and eventually gain the desired experience.
With the continuous use of laptops, children get to discover things that their teachers did not teach them which might be necessary. He asked teachers, pupils and the parents to work together towards the development of quality education in Rwanda.
Musabwa reminded parents that the only tangible inheritance they can give to their children than education.
20 schools out of 87 schools in Burera district are in One Laptop per Child program. Every school first trains teachers to operate the laptops and to teach pupils computer before enrolling in this program.
Though this program is proving to be successful and helpful in the district, it is still limited by lack of electricity in some areas from EWSA and in some areas where there is no electricity; they are improvising and using solar energy.