As school reopening brings down a lot of new initiatives by many Rwandan schools, the return to school will be welcoming and exciting for some students and frightening for some. This academic year the International Technical School of Kigali-ITSK is opening in style with a new online learning program.

The initiative is known as Equalearning, an online portal that originates from the US. The school management is already at the concluding stages of negotiations with the US-based service providers.

The Equalearning Initiative is a program intended to overcome instructional challenges especially during this COVID-19 pandemic: it is a blended learning project that combines both Face to Face and Online support systems in classrooms and off classrooms. The program allows for easy classroom management, virtual teaching, and ways to close equity gaps.

According to global education statistics, student engagement has depleted to approximately half and nearly 4 out of 6 teachers are not able to focus on delivering standard instruction during learning. It is now highly demanded that teachers need to be supported to be able to deliver quality education.

Developed by experts in the US, the program is intended to work in online or blended classrooms, the Virtual core Instruction Pack is well built with proven, evidence-based methodologies that empower teachers and students to better collaborate on rigorous tiered instruction, in virtual settings in smart classrooms, via Zoom, and any other platforms.

With the program, ITSK’s vision for education is to close the achievement gap. Equip all students with the social, emotional, and cognitive skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. Expand equity by giving every learner access to rigorous core instruction that empowers learners to free themselves from generational poverty.

The program has been launched in countries like Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, and results indicate great success as it is meant to be user friendly to both teachers and students.