Vision 2020 Program Aims to Transform to Knowledge-based Economy
Intel is helping Rwanda achieve their Vision 2020 goal by transforming education through technology to tap into the country’s greatest asset—its people.
The Rwandan government’s Vision 2020 program aims to transform the East African nation from tragic past to knowledge-based, middle-income economy. See how Intel is helping Rwanda achieve this goal by transforming education through technology to tap into the limitless potential of the country’s greatest asset—its people.
At Intel, we have a deeply held belief that education is a fundamental human right. Education transforms students into dreamers, doers, and leaders of the future. Intel is honored to be involved in and contribute to Rwanda’s journey of education transformation.
In 2008, the small African nation of Rwanda launched what was arguably one of the most ambitious education transformation projects in the world. “Many people thought it was an unlikely dream for one of the poorer countries in the world—moreover one emerging from a turbulent and sad period of genocide,” says Alex Twinomugisha, Intel business development manager. “But the government went ahead, and today Rwanda is preparing its young citizens for a globally competitive future.”
Twinomugisha and others at Intel have been on the frontlines of Rwanda’s education transformation. In 2009, Intel began working with the country’s Ministry of Education (MOE) to develop pilot projects for integrating technology into teaching and learning, and is now heavily engaged in helping the MOE complete a comprehensive Master Plan for broader education technology deployment from 2015 to 2020. “The plan details how technology will be integrated and used by schools, teachers, students, administrators, and even parents to improve teaching and learning.”
In support of the MOE, says Twinomugisha, Intel has brought in experts, and provided technical staff, best-known methods, and planning tools. Intel is also helping Rwanda train as many as 100,000 teachers to effectively integrate technology into their lesson plans; providing educational content for Rwandan classrooms; and sponsoring science, technology, engineering, and math camps in the country. In 2015, volunteers from the Intel Education Service Corps (IESC) began traveling to the country to help deploy PCs in schools and support teachers leading their first classes using them. “Some of the teachers had limited (or no) PC skills,” says IESC volunteer Stephanie Wilson. “It was amazing to see them stand in front of a class of 56 kids and lead them through a lesson that used technology to enhance the outcome.”
Twinomugisha makes similar observations:
It takes a visit to any of the schools with technology to see what impact it is having. Many of these students come from poor homes, but are now at par with technology as any child in Silicon Valley. This is an investment in the future.