RWANDA GATEWAY DESIGNS NEW MINEDUC WEBSITE

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A new dynamic website for the Ministry of Education that is being designed by Rwanda Development Gateway (RDG) is scheduled to be up and operational within one month.

"It is supposed to represent our (ministry's) complete image to the outside world," said Minister Jean D'ark Mujawamariya, who was presiding over the review of the website's second prototype. The website will replace one that has for long been static and not updated.

During the presentation held July 3 in the ministry boardroom in Kacyiru, the RDG coordinator, Philbert Nsengimana, said, "this will be a chance to showcase the ministry activities online and create immediate access to vital information by cutting on congestion at the Ministry head offices."

Another RDG official who made the presentation, Jacob Gahamanyi, said that the new web will enhance efforts by RDG and the education ministry to promote e-governmence in Rwanda. He was complemented by the RDG Content Coordinator, Immaculate Bugingo, who encouraged the ministry officials to be cooperative in order to have a standard product.

While contributing ideas, several ministry officials suggested that the new web should be a one-stop point with all vital information on education and links to institutions attached to the ministry. The coordinator of FAWE Rwanda Chapter, Madame Odette Mutanguha particularly called for a web interface that is 'eye-friendly'.

Several officials viewed this project as an entry point for the ministry to promote education best practices for students, teachers and parents using ICT.

The officials also formed a contact group that will coordinate with RDG to collect and enrich information from the different departments and institutions for the new ministry web.

The new website for the education ministry is an addition to several other projects being handled by Rwanda Development Gateway to promote ICT in Rwanda. It has already designed a pilot portal the local government and another one for Gisagara District, Southern Province, to facilitate the decentralization process and increase local visibility on the web.

The review meeting was also attended by the Secretary General in the education ministry, Tharcisse Musabyeyezu, heads of departments and other officials from Rwanda Development Gateway that is attached to the National University of Rwanda.

The New Times