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The Electronic Distance Learning Project with the Kigali Institute of Education (KIE), Rwanda

Period of Performance: 3 July 2002 through 2 July 2004


Distance learning, ICTs, technical capacity building, professional development

Project Goal:

To establish an ICT network at the Kigali Institute of Education (KIE) and improve connectivity with KIE Regional Distance Learning Centers. The increased technical capacities of KIE academic and administrative staff will enable better administrative and financial management, collaboration with other educational institutions, innovative instructional design in ICT and will cultivate an “ICT Culture” within the institution. Improved connectivity with Regional Distance Learning Centers will enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of distance training provision to pre-service and in-service secondary school teachers in order to provide a more qualified secondary school teaching workforce and, ultimately, better education for young people in Rwanda. Increased overall capacity will enable the Kigali Institute of Education to become a leader in high quality teacher training and information technology while facilitating community access to education and information communications technologies (ICTs).

List of Partners:

EDC staff and dot-EDU partners will ensure above all that project activities will lead to the achievement of the following Program Results:

PR1 – Provision of hardware and software for connecting KIE’s campus and four (4) regional training centers.

PR2 – Provision of necessary ICT hardware and software to establish Internet Learning Centers and ensure high speed Internet connectivity and training for each of six additional distance learning sites.

PR3 – Access to training materials on computer skills for staff and students at KIE and the Distance Learning Centers

PR4 – Technical assistance in training the staff at the Regional Distance Learning Centers and KIE academic staff in the development and instructional design of using ICT-based pedagogical modules. Training will also be required for the ICT staff in the areas of information management systems and web master design.

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