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Training of Physics Teachers in high schools and TTCs on the use of Galileoscopes.

La Palisse Nyandungu 31 January -01 February 2013


I. Organisation of the workshop

I.1. Supporting Institutions: MINEDUC and KIE

MINEDUC: Logistics   

                    (contact person: Mr Fabian Habimana. Phone: 078 515 526 5. Email: hfabiano@yahoo.fr)

KIE: Facilitators & Trainers   

        (contact person: Dr Pheneas Nkundabakura.  Phone: 0785517032. Email: nkundapheneas@yahoo.fr)

I.2. Facilitators & Trainers:

Dr Pheneas Nkundabakura (KIE)

Dr Uwamahoro Jean (KIE)

Dr Baziruwiha Jean de Dieu (Dean Faculty of Sciences/ KIE)

Dr Evariste Minani (Head of Mathematics-Department/ KIE)

Ms Manirareba Theodosie (KIE)

1.3. Venue:  Hotel La Palisse Nyandungu

1.4. Dates: 31.01-01.02/2013

I.5. Duration: 2 days

I.6. Participants:

  • 14 initially selected schools (after participation to the 2009 IYA Astronomy Quiz)

School Province
1. G.S.S.A de Rwamagana Eastern
2. E.S. de Nyagatare Eastern
3. G.S.N.D de citeaux Kigali City
4. P.S. de Ndera Kigali City
5. LDK Kigali City
6. APACOPE Kigali City
7. Ecole Secondaire de Muhoza Northern
8. Ecole des Sciences de Musanze Northern
9. G.S. de la Salle de Byumba Northern
10. G.S. O. de Butare Southern
11. College X- Roi de Nyanza Southern
12. Ecole Secondaire de Nyamagabe Southern
13. G.S.N.D. de Nyundo Western
14. TTC Rubengera Western

  • 12 other TTCs in Rwanda

Province TTCs Districts
Northern Province 1.TTC Kirambo Burera

2.TTC Byumba Gicumbi
Western Province 3.TTC Gacuba II Rubavu

4.TTC Muramba Ngororero

5.TTC Mururu Rusizi
Southern Province 6.TTC Muhanga Muhanga

7.TTC Cyahinda Nyaruguru

8.TTC Save Gisagara

9.TTC Mbuga Nyamagabe
Eastern Province 10.TTC Bicumbi Rwamagana

11.TTC Matimba Nyagatare

12. TTC Zaza Ngoma

In TTCs which received KIE students in Internship from the department of Integrated science, we recommend to nominate these students  for the participation at this workshop.

The names of the students are as follows:

Names of students School District
1 Hitimana Jean Baptiste TTC Gicumbi Gicumbi
2 Nsengiyumva Jean Baptiste TTC Bicumbi Rwamagana
3 Dusengimana Appolinaire TTC Kirambo Burera
4 Ndikubwimana Abraham TTC Kirambo Burera
5 Inkayase Mensue TTC Byumba Gicumbi
6 Nirembere JMV TTC Gacuba Rubavu
7 Ntaganzwa Sylvestre TTC Muhanga Muhanga
8 Rutakamize Valens TTC Rubengera Karongi

  • 14 other Science schools which were selected on the geographical balance

Province Schools Districts
Northern Province 1.Stella Matutina Rulindo

2. E S Kirambo Burera

3. E S Nyarutovu Gakenke
Western Province 4. EDEK Ruhanga Ngororero

5. Institut Saint Famille Nyamasheke

6. ES Gishoma Rusizi

7.ES APAKAPE Mushonyi Rutsiro
Southern Province 8.GS St Philippe Neri Gisagara

9.GSMV Kibeho Nyaruguru

10.GS St Joseph Kabgayi Muhanga

11.GS Remera Rukoma Kamonyi
Eastern Province 12. Lycee de Zaza Ngoma

13.GS Gahini Kayonza

14.Rusumo High School Kirehe

-6 Lab technicians from UNR, KIST, KIE, Kavumu, Rukara and INES

-1 delegate from MINEDUC

- 5 Facilitators (KIE)

-17 KIE students (These students have just graduated and are waiting to be deployed. They did their undergraduate final projects in astronomy & Astrophysics & Education )

Names of students School District
1 Mukangwije Gaudence Waiting to be deployed Rusizi
2 Uwimbabazi Florentine Waiting to be deployed Rwamagana
3 Manirareba Theodosie Waiting to be deployed Rusizi
4 Ngabonziza Justin Waiting to be deployed Kirehe
5 Dusabemungu Agnes Waiting to be deployed Ngororero
6 Uwimana Sanoula Waiting to be deployed Nyanza
7 Tuyizere Gerard Waiting to be deployed Ngoma
8 Sindikubwabo Charles Waiting to be deployed Nyamagabe
9 Nduwamungu George Waiting to be deployed Rubavu
10 Hitimana Pierre Claver Waiting to be deployed Muhanga
11 Nizeyimana Evariste Waiting to be deployed Karongi
12 Sindikubwabo Celestin Waiting to be deployed Nyamagabe
13 Mahoro Antoine Institute of Women excellence Rwamagana
14 Ndihokubwabo Kizito Matimba Nyagatare
15 Twiringiyimana Alexandre Ecole Secondaire St Andre Nyarugenge
16 Maniriho Jean d' Amour Groupe Scolaire de Muko Musanze
17 Uwitonze Christophe Waiting to be deployed Bugesera

Total participants: 69 participants.

II. Purpose of the workshop

The driving purpose of the workshop is to train science teachers to the teaching of basic Astronomy concepts arising in the curriculum. In these regards, there will be sessions of lectures covering basic astronomy to help participants teach astronomy and astrophysical concepts. On the other hand they will be trained how to use telescopes and Galileo scopes as teaching aids of Optics and Astronomy and by default using the naked eye to observe the night sky.

In order to build the public image of astronomy and to promote it as a field of study, the workshop will also include training on basic astronomy education and outreach which could be performed by Physics students and lecturers amongst the schools and public in Rwanda after this workshop. This method of using students and lecturers to engage in outreach activities has shown to be a powerful way of generating enthusiasm towards the subject at all levels. We think that in each high science school and TTC, a club of astronomy/astrophysics can be helpful.

III. Background

Although Astronomy is not developed in Rwanda, a recent study revealed that is a clear interest in developing astronomy to support a better teaching of some astrophysical concepts in our educational curricula. There is an evident growing regional and international network of physical sciences teachers and lecturers in universities and other educational institutions throughout the activities wanting to see astronomy growing as a science, career choice, as well as a public outreach vehicle.

It is crucial to start developing training science teachers, in the longer term goal of establishing similar programs of astronomy in more schools and higher learning institutions in Rwanda.

During the International Year of Astronomy (2009), a competition among schools was organised. Students were asked to respond to Astronomy Questions. The Quiz was marked and schools which performed were promised to be given Galileoscopes. These Galileoscopes (100 Galileoscopes, 6 fisrtscopes and 1 Nexstar Celestron) were donated by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) at the occasion of the celebration of the International Year of Astronomy. They arrived in Rwanda in November 2010 and were since kept in KIE Physics Lab. It important to train teachers and Laboratory technicians so that they can make use of this new observational facility.

IV Program

Day Time Activities Responsible Moderator
Thursday 31
14:00 – 15:30 Arrival +Registration Mr Erigene Rutayisire
Mrs Manirareba Theodosie

15:30-16:00 Opening ceremony:
-Introduction to the programme
-Opening remarks

16:00-17:00 Solar system and Stars. Dr Uwamahoro Jean Dr Baziruwiha Jean de Dieu


17:00– 18:00 Telescopes
Galileoscope demo
Dr Pheneas Nkundabakura Dr Minani Evariste


18:00-19:00 Supper

19:00-21:00 Stars and Planets Observations using telescopes and Galileoscopes
Dr Pheneas Nkundabakura
Dr Uwamahoro
Mr Erigene Rutayisire
Mrs Manirareba Theodosie

Friday 01
8:00 – 9:00 Earth in Space Dr Pheneas Nkundabakura Dr Minani Evariste


9:00-10:00 Earth's atmosphere and Global warming issues Dr Uwamahoro Jean Dr Baziruwiha
Jean de Dieu


10:00-11:00 Teaching Optics using the Galileoscope Dr Pheneas Nkundabakura Dr Baziruwiha Jean de Dieu


11:00– 11:30 Closing Note

11:30-12:30 Lunch

01:00:00 PM Depart

IV  Images of Instruments to be distributed

(a) About 100 galileoscopes in KIE stores

(b) 6 Firstscopes to be distributed to  Science high institutions of Education

Press release:

Training of High school teachers on the use of galileoscopes in Rwandan High schools.

On Thursday 31 January and 01 February 2013, teachers from  science high schools and others from Teacher training colleges held a workshop on the use of a galileoscope (a small telescope)  for teaching concepts related to space science, astronomy  and Optics in high schools.
One of the trainer, Dr. Pheneas Nkundabakura, a lecturer at Kigali Institute of Education (KIE), said that the galileoscope and other softwares handed to teachers will help them to achieve a number of objectives in Optics (in the section of Optical instruments) and  to cover the unit in the new TTC programme aiming at letting  students discovering  the rest of universe which is  beyond our Earth.

In her opening speech, the Director general of Science and Technology and Research, she stressed on the importance of the training which will give the tools to stimulate students to like science and commended that a research be made in order to identify the sky objects which were known by the  ancient Rwandan people so that they can be related to what is known in the modern Astronomy.
The workshop was organised conjointly by Kigali Institute of Education (KIE)  and the Ministry of education (MINEDUC).                                                                                           

                                                     Group photo for participants

                                                 Teachers busy assembling the galileoscopes

                                                            Teachers in activity

Frequently asked Questions on the workshop.

To be updated soon

Evaluation of the workshop by participants

To be updated soon

Pheneas Nkundabakura Rwanda,
31 Dec 2012, 09:12