I agree with Seymour Papert speech to Japan educators. In his speech to Japanese Educators, he cleared how important teaching is, but how much more learning is important. At all levels, learning should be part of some thing real, constructing things, reflecting the knowledge on reality of life, learner should ask him/her self ” Why am I studding this? What should be the impact of what I nam studying to my developement personally and my community’?
This brought me to think about Rwandan student’s path towards a job’s market, do our teaching systems provide to students enough space for dream/vocation/need/interest driven activities? For students to exercise their creativity in different fields of their studies requires financial means, and strong guidance to implement their own projects and space for innovation.
After graduation from different universities, graduates hurry-up to notify ( authenticate) their degrees to apply for jobs, the trust in them to use what they studied is minor despite many years they spend in academic places. The government insists for students to be job creators, entrepreneurs, but look back at their academic calendar, teaching methodology, asseements and learning environment do not really help students to experimentally and practically exercise their ability to create and innovate.
The education should target to solve sustainably the community need. As days bring different need in the community, education should be reformed accordingly. We can’t keep expecting our graduates from high learning institutions to be job creators, entrepreneurs, and self reliable, while our education system and learning environment do not offer opportunities to exercise these processes.
The most needed is not only to have huge number of students and qualified teachers in higher learning intitutions, but also provide opportunity for students to take initiative for new ventures, mostly implementing their own innovative ideas, or ventures based on their research outcomes.
- Reform of academic system to base the academic research to community need for problem solving.
- The reform of academic calenders to include time for creativity and entreprenurial idea development.
- Finacialy assist the identified entrepreunurial idea to be successful.
- Provide time for internship and volunteering to build thier capacity under mentorship model.