Beatha Ahishakiye received a motorbike and a flat-display TV from the Ministry of Education on World Teachers’ Day, celebrated October 5, as the ‘Best Primary School Teacher. Ahishakiye teaches Mathematics, Kinyarwanda, Technology, and Social Studies at Ecole Primaire Gafunzo, Sake Sector in Ngoma District. Her magnificence is made up of 134 students who take a look at shifts. “I love teaching. It’s miles my calling,” says Ahishakiye, 48. The mother-of-5 who endures a daily 45-minute journey to attend the faculty continually arrives before 7 am, and her class starts at 7:20 am. She uses several procedures to reinforce overall performance, reminiscence, sociability, and even hygiene among her six to seven-year-old college students.
She uses substances that can be easily locate within the network, with clay, dry banana leaves, and plastic bottles that take one-of-a-kind shapes while uncovered to the hearth, commonly to make toys that simplify gaining knowledge for the scholars. “It makes the students research arithmetic sensibly, without ever questioning that arithmetic is simply what they write in notebooks with pens or what I write on the blackboard with chalk,” she says. Her students’ overall performance was 82, in line with cent inside the final district examinations, a nice P2 level performance within the district.
Among Ahishakiye’s many initiatives is a rabbit farm undertaking she commenced with her students to boost their mastery. She sold a few rabbits and gave them to college students; while one rabbit offers birth, the student who becomes maintaining it passes the mother rabbit to another pupil and then keeps the bunnies. And so on. “I commenced with those whose attendance in magnificence changed into risky. This interested them in coming to high school—20 kids inside the magnificence of their rabbits. “The students have grown to sense cherished at faculty due to the fact they’re dealt with as their dad and mom might deal with them,” she explains.
The college students were divided into small ‘families,’ dubbed Isibo, which makes each organization chargeable for some other. “They assist every other in studying, maintaining hygiene, etc. As a result, even when I am now not inside the elegance, they can not make noise or be distracted because of the materials available inside the study room,” she says. “My elegance is geared up,” she says, guffawing.
Ahishakiye keeps, “When a student is absent, considering that almost all of them are neighbors and live in the same village, one reports some other’s hassle, announcing, ‘he/she isn’t coming these days due to the fact he/she is sick.” She says this allows her to know her students’ troubles, as they recognize every other, which in turn will enable her to lessen absenteeism. There is likewise hygienic gear in Ahishakiye’s classroom; when an infant comes to school with a dirty uniform, she goes to the management office to borrow the student’s school apparel because the grimy uniform is washed and dried using the faculty people.
Speaking of the awards, Ahishakiye says, “It suggests exact management; it shows that they think about us.” Though she enjoys teaching youngsters at this type of younger age, she desires to be allowed to train to the extent she is qualified for; secondary faculty, which could come with an earnings rise. She majored in training studies at Teacher Training Centre (TTC) Save, Gisagara District. She graduated with biology, chemistry, and training from the Kigali Institute of Education (KIE) University of Rwanda, College of Education.