After leaving Gasundwe village, we met up with VSO friend Roos in Butare, the former capital of Rwanda. The first missionaries to Rwanda came here and established the largest Roman Catholic Church in nearby Save. Rwanda's best performing Teacher Training College for primary teachers stands on the same site. With Roos, we visited the teachers' resource making centre, the library and different classes to see in practice what Early Years teachers are learning..
Afterwards, travelling by moto, we visited two nearby nursery schools and observed lessons by both experienced and student teachers. Seeing education in action, the provision of resources and facilities will be very helpful in establishing the Rwandan Early Years curriculum in Gasundwe.
We now have plenty of ideas to share with Gabriel, our Gasundwe teacher. Next week we can make progress together making teaching resources on rice sacks and planning interactive lessons.