Teaching is my calling, says star trainer

Beatha Ahishakiye received a motorbike and a flat-display TV from the Ministry of Education on the World Teachers’ Day, celebrated October 5 for being 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, forty eight.

The mother-of-5 who endures a daily 45-minute journey to attain the faculty continually arrives before 7 am, and her class starts at 7:20 am. She makes use of a number of procedures to reinforce overall performance, reminiscence, sociability and even hygiene amongst her college students, who are six to seven years old.

She uses substances that can be easy to locate within the network, together with clay, dry banana leaves, and plastic bottles that take one-of-a-kind shapes whilst uncovered to the hearth, among others — commonly to make toys that simplify gaining knowledge of for the scholars.

“It makes the students research arithmetic in a sensible way, 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.

The average of her students’ overall performance was 82 in line with cent inside the final district examinations, the nice P2 level performance within the district.


Among Ahishakiye’s many initiatives is a rabbit farm undertaking she commenced along with her students to boost their mastering.

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 some other pupil and then maintains the bunnies. And so on.

“I commenced with those whose attendance in magnificence changed into risky. This made them interested in coming to highschool. 20 kids inside the magnificence very own 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 had been divided into small ‘families’, dubbed Isibo, which makes each member of the organization chargeable for some other.

“They assist every other in studying, maintaining hygiene, and so forth. As a result, even when I am now not inside the elegance, they can not make noise, they cannot 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’.”

This, she says, allows her to know her students’ troubles, as they recognize every other, which in flip, allows her to lessen absenteeism.

There is likewise a field of hygienic gear in Ahishakiye’s classroom; when an infant comes to school with a dirty uniform, she is going to the management office to borrow school apparel which the student wears because the grimy uniform is washed and dried by means of 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, her desire is that she receives allowed to train the extent she is qualified for; secondary faculty, which could come with an earnings raise.

She majored in training studies at Teacher Training Centre (TTC) Save, Gisagara District, after which she graduated with majors in biology, chemistry, and training from Kigali Institute of Education (KIE), nowadays’s the University of Rwanda, College of Education.

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