Since 2020, the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) in partnership with Danish Outdoor Council (DOC) embarked on the implementation of Eco-Schools programme in Rwanda for a period of four years (2020-2023).
The programme implementation involves close partnership with Rwanda Basic Education Board (REB), Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), and Rwanda National Commission for UNESCO (UNESCO/CNRU), districts, schools, communities as well as various education actors in Rwanda.
The programme is bringing on board all listed stakeholders to translate the principles of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into practice. One of the deliverables of this programme is to develop a teacher training manual that will guide teachers to infuse environmental education, action-based learning, and student-centered teaching methods into primary and secondary education.
Between 6th to 8th September 2022, the programme organized a training for 48 tutors from 16 Teacher Training Colleges. These tutors were trained on the Eco-Schools IVAC approach. After mastering the IVAC approach backwards and forwards, tutors were engaged in the development of the Rwanda Eco-Schools Teacher Training Manual.
Dominique Bavugayundi, Environmental Education Specialist at ARCOS, stressed that this training was a paramount to the mission of the programme. “Our colleagues from TTC will play a critical function in the dissemination of acquired knowledge in the promotion of education for sustainable development in the whole country.” said Dominique.
Trainees concluded the workshop pledging to contribute to the implementation of education for sustainable development in Rwanda.