iWitness in Rwanda

The iWitness in Rwanda project uses witness testimony of genocide via internet based resources to promote positive values through increasing the understanding of genocide. It aims to enhance empathy with victims and survivors among youth while developing critical thinking skills and preparing young people to participate responsibly in society.
2013Rwanda

CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
School supportAegis TrustUSC Shoah FoundationCambridge Education [Fund Manager]Curriculum reform/design

 

This program was piloted with support from the Innovation for Education Fund, a partnership between the Governments of Rwanda and the UK, managed by Cambridge Education

 

The iWitness in Rwanda project uses witness testimony of genocide via internet based resources to promote positive values, increase understanding of genocide and its lasting effects, and enhance empathy with victims and survivors among young people.

It aims to develop critical thinking skills, promote constructive dialogue and prepare young people to participate responsibly in society.

Activities include the development of educational activities at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre (KGMC), in-depth professional development workshops for teachers on the iWitness project and its associated teaching methodologies, and the testing of the programme in nine upper secondary school classrooms in Gasabo, Rwamagana, Huye and Musanze districts. Students in pilot schools had access to over 1,300 video testimonies of survivors and other witnesses of the Nazi Holocaust and other genocides, including the Genocide Against the Tutsi.

There is a strong focus on changing classroom teaching methodology, which is applicable beyond the project’s focus areas of values, peace and genocide studies. The project embedded the video content within sets of sequenced learning activities, which included elements of peer discussion, both face-to-face as well as through the internet.

he project used innovative technology to bring audio-visual testimonies into the classroom and sought to enhance levels of student engagement in the classroom and focus on developing critical thinking skills.The main problem is the lack of established validity and reliability of the outcome measures, particularly as the main outcomes are based on ratings by teachers and students.

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