Joseph Rwagatare, The New Times

Joseph Rwagatare

The New Times

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FEATURED: Govt invests heavily in STEM education in Rwandan schools

Ask any Rwandan, even in the remotest place, what this country’s education priorities are and you are likely to get one of these: ICT, science, girls’ education. All are correct. Rwanda has given the teaching and learning of Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) a special place in the education system. Girls’ education, too, has been at the forefront, but even here STEM takes… → Read More

FEATURED: Better teachers, more schools, new curriculum: Rwanda’s education looks bright

No other sector gets as much public scrutiny as education does. With good reason: it affects every individual, each household, community and the whole country in a very direct, immediate and personal way. When things are going well, everyone is happy. No one comments on that. However, when they are not, or are thought not to be, going quite right, they become a subject for public concern and… → Read More

Rwanda: Why We Need Heroes

Opinion - Today is Heroes Day in this country. We honour and celebrate our national heroes for their vision and patriotism, their acts of courage, selflessness, and sacrifice. → Read More

Mugabe defiant even after the end

Former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, died on September 6, 2019. His burial was scheduled for Sunday, September 15. African and world leaders duly gathered in Harare on Saturday 14 to give him a fitting farewell. The funeral service was held but not the burial, which was put off for another thirty days. Mugabe refuses to leave this world, at least for a month. So the man loved and lauded… → Read More

Fear of power of example, the reason behind Rwanda’s latest bashing in Western media

Have you heard of the Resident Presidents? It is a two-man satirical act, starring Olushambles and Kibarkingmad, commenting on events in Africa on BBC radio’s Focus on Africa. The two men came to mind when I read two articles, one in The Atlantic and another in The Financial Times. I imagined what a New Times version of their act would sound like and it was like what follows below. “Kagame is a… → Read More

Rwanda-Uganda relations: You can obscure facts but you can’t change them

Thirty odd years ago I used to follow keenly the speeches of a young rebel turned president. I was not the only one. Many others were fascinated by him. He was not the usual type of rebel – rough and intimidating. Yes, he had come to power through force of arms, but he was also ready to debate issues and convince people by force of argument. Or at least that was the impression. That man was… → Read More

African media has duty to break the reliance on outside sources

My brief sojourn in Egypt ended two days ago. I am back in these milder climes. It has been baking hot out there, but much better compared with farther north across the Mediterranean. There it was roasting. And in the middle of the heat wave, nature did her thing: brought down rain and hailstone and landslides and interrupted the Tour du France. But baking or not, people here still go to work,… → Read More

Church and state signal a new relationship

The Catholic Archdiocese of Kigali has a new head. The Most Reverend Antoine Kambanda was installed as Archbishop at a colourful ceremony on Sunday, January 27 at Amahoro National Stadium. The Church could not have selected a better person for the office, one uniquely suited to its pastoral and evangelical work, its development both as an institution and a community of believers, and cooperation… → Read More

Military coups are a thing of the past

On Monday, January 6, a group of young military officers in Libreville, Gabon attempted to overthrow the government of President Ali Bongo. The attempt failed. That should not have surprised anybody. It has become increasingly difficult to a stage a coup d’état successfully in Africa. It is actually foolish to think you can overthrow a government and get away with it. The most recent in 2015 in… → Read More

Chess, the Rwandan spirit and the future

The New Times tweeted October 5. “Rwandan youngster Joselyne Uwase, 15, wins Woman FIDE Master (WFM) title at the 43rd Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia”. A day later, the paper followed with a report that another youngster, Christelle Uwamahoro, 14, had won the Woman Candidate Master (WCM) title at the same event. > BREAKING: Rwandan youngster Joselyne Uwase beats Tanzania’s Bertha Samson to… → Read More

New face of labour

Today we mark International Labour Day to honour the men and women whose work makes our lives worth living. The celebration comes with a bonus of a public holiday, and so you are probably reading this from the comfort of your home. We mark the day, not in praise of labour as purely physical exertion, but in tribute to humankind’s ability to transform our world with the work of our hands and… → Read More

Mugabe is gone but not his deeds

It is now over one week since President Robert Mugabe resigned as president of Zimbabwe. A lot has been said about him since and for most of his time as leader of his country, most of it negative. But was he such a terrible man that we can find nothing good to say about him? → Read More

Rwanda to the World - All People Have Right to Dignity

Opinion - It is not often that world media report positive news coming out of Africa. But sometimes positive things happen and cannot simply be ignored because of their potential impact and must therefore be reported. → Read More

Africa: Why Are Africans Absent From Nobel Prize Winners?

The Nobel Prize season has just ended and we know the winners of the prize in physics, chemistry, medicine, economics, literature and peace for 2017. Around this time of the year, the Nobel Prize Committee selects some of the best brains in the above fields for recognition, usually for pioneering work. → Read More

Bow to teachers: they are next to saints

October 5 is International Teachers’ Day, that one time a year when we celebrate the role of teachers in transforming the lives of successive generations of young people across the world. → Read More

Rwanda: Attacks on Kagame - When Repetition Doesn't Make Perfect

Opinion - Why do some people keep doing the same thing and getting the same wrong results? It is baffling, yet it happens quite often. → Read More

Attacks on Kagame: When repetition doesn't make perfect

Why do some people keep doing the same thing and getting the same wrong results? It is baffling, yet it happens quite often. → Read More

Lessons from Kagame's election and inauguration

It was an inauguration ceremony like no other, everybody was saying, with lessons for Rwandans and fellow Africans. They were referring to last Friday’s swearing in of President Paul Kagame for another term. → Read More

An ordinary man's random thoughts on democracy

The general election in Kenya has ended and the people’s verdict announced. But as has become the practice in some parts of East Africa, the losers have rejected that verdict. → Read More

Why Rwandans get a lot of stick for doing right

No two realities of the same country can be more markedly different. One is the reality lived by Rwandans over the last two decades. It is a visible and measurable reality of the progress they have made. → Read More