FINALLY WE ENDED THE 2020/2021 SCHOOL YEAR DESPITE COVID 19

Like other students in the whole country, from Friday 18 June to Tuesday 29 June 2021 IFAK students were sitting for 3rd term examinations, in order to end the academic year 2020-2021. This school year started in January 2020, to end in this July 2021 with national exams for senior 3 and senior 6 leavers. It has been the longest and the most complex school year for the present generation. 

From March 14, 2020 when the first covid-19 case was confirmed in Rwanda, lessons were interrupted four(4) times, for health measures against that famous pandemic. We can remember the two general lockdowns and the closure of Kigali schools, temporary quarantines for students who were infected, the compulsory wearing of facemasks for all, the enforcement of special hygienic policies, and other unpredictable related impairments. All of this disturbed the learning process in one way or another. Therefore the day to end this academic year was thought as a daydreaming. Even the fact, IFAK students have been so audacious until the end, even more than before. 

This is can be seen on how willingly they put into practice all proposed regulations to cope with covid-19 wave, on how dynamically senior 3 and senior 6 students continued to prepare for national exams, and on how the pandemic has not ravaged the school comparatively to what happened to other academic institutions in Rwanda and in elsewhere. 

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Nyandungu Urban Wetland Eco-Tourism Park which IFAK students visited to discover scientific facts connecting the classroom experience with real-life and authentic experience

On the 15th June, 2021, Students from Senior 6 MCB and 5 Senior MCB at the “INSTITUT DE FORMATION APOSTOLIQUE DE KIMIHURURA”, (IFAK), visited Nyandungu Urban Wetland Eco-Tourism Park with a view to connecting the classroom experience with real-life and authentic experience.  According to the Biology Teacher, Mr. UWISHEMA Epimaque, the visit was organized to help learners discover the scientific facts from the field and this helps them understand the lessons better because they have also experienced it. 

“As each scientific course includes theoretical part as well as practical part, it is this reason why in practice the Salesian school “INSTITUT DE FORMATION APOSTOLIQUE DE KIMIHURURA” organized the field trip in Biology course for the students of senior 6MCB and senior 5MCB which took place on 15/06/2021 at NYANDUNGU URBAN WETLAND ECO-TOURISM PARK” Mr. Uwishema explained in a report submitted after field trip. He said “Educational Field Trip plays a vital role in the school curriculum, which serves a wide range of benefits in several ways including learning and teaching. One of them is that they help students to learn through authentic experience and can be an interesting way to explore new things for both the learners and teachers.”

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IFAK STUDENT, THE 4th WINNER OF NATIONAL MATHEMATICS COMPETITION

On May 25, 2021 the Ministry of education has awarded five national winners of Mathematics Competition for Advanced Secondary Schools students pursuing Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. The mathematics competition was organized by the University of Rwanda, through its Department of Mathematics, in collaboration with the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS-Rwanda) and Ministry of Education, to discover, encourage and challenge mathematically gifted young students. 

The competition started in February 2020, but it was halted due to Covid-19 until April 2021. At initial stage, 79 students across the country were shortlisted at provincial level, and 53 proceeded at national level, where the best five were selected. 

IFAK Kimihurura was initially represented by 5 students: 3 of S.6 and 2 of S.5. Asafu TUYISENGE was the only IFAK candidate to cross the 1st phase of competition (the provincial level) to sit for the national phase. As he said himself, after the last phase competition he felt a very big confidence that he would have won, because the examination looked not very strange to him, and his mathematics teacher, Francois HAKIZIMANA, had done his best to prepare him for winning. As a result, Asafu Tuyisenge, the candidate of IFAK Kimihurura, has won the 4th place at national level in Mathematics. 

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IFAK: CELEBRATION OF THE FESTIVAL OF MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS AT IFAK KIMIHURURA

On Monday May 24, 2021, the Salesian community of IFAK KIMIHURURA
solemnly celebrated the feast of Mary Help of Christians.

The Salesian works at KIMIHURURA encompasses several sectors of apostolic activity, namely the secondary school (IFAK), the primary school (EPAK), the nursery school (EMAK), as well as the public chapel. For each sector the Eucharistic celebrations took place at different times.

EPAK celebrated the holiday in anticipation on Friday, May 21.

The IFAK students had the Eucharist on the morning of the 24th, but in two “shifts”, to comply with the health protection measures against Covid 19.

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IFAK: THIRSTY TO LEARN IN TIMES OF COVID-19

Since 2nd November ,2020, the Rwandan government has allowed schools to resume their activities after more than 7 months of interruption due to the health situation due to Covid-19 that the world is currently experiencing. It is perhaps too early to make any assessment, we just want to point out a few observations, one week after the start of the school year in IFAK Don Bosco.

Only students from S3, S5 and S6 were allowed to start classes on 2nd November. It was an experimental re-entry in the sense that its success would allow the return of students from other levels, namely those of S1, S2 and S4 secondary.

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GOODBYE TO FATHER DANKO AND FATHER VENUSTE.

At the beginning of each pastoral year, we notice changes in Salesian communities. Confreres receive new appointments and often change houses. On Saturday August 15, 2020, the confreres of the IFAK community and representatives of the teachers, workers and collaborators, said goodbye to Father Danko Litrić who has just completed his six-year term as director of the community and to Father Vénuste Ntigurirwa who was the Economer  for the past two years.
These two confreres have received a new mission: Father Danko is appointed in the community of Rango (Huye), in southern Rwanda, while Father Vénuste will be in the parish of Rukago, in northern Burundi.

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FESTIVITY OF DON BOSCO: RECOLLECTION OF IFAK STUDENTS

As part of the preparation for the feast of Saint John Bosco, IFAK organized, on January 30, a recollection. In a climate of meditation, the Dean of discipline, Fratri Jean Marie HITIMANA developed the theme of divine mercy. After an introductory prayer, he first recalled that we all need God’s mercy. By citing a few biblical verses, he showed that God never ceases to show his love for the man he created. In the Old Testament, Adam and Eve disobeyed by eating the forbidden fruit; they deserved a serious punishment but, in his goodness, God gave them clothes to hide their nakedness which was a consequence of their sin.

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IFAK CELEBRATED THE FEAST OF DON BOSCO

At IFAK Kimihurura, 31 January 2020: As we celebrate the Feast of Saint John Bosco, today the Headmaster of IFAK Rev. Father Jean Bosco NTIRENGANYA, sdb, has reminded youth to uphold the values of Don Bosco and behave like him in whatever they are doing. Father Ntirenganya was speaking at Eucharistic mass celebrated in the Honor of Saint John Bosco, the Friend of young people. The mass was attended by Students from the Salesian schools of IFAK, EMAK and EPAK as well as their teachers. Father Ntirenganya said “Today we are very thankful to God for giving us Don Bosco as a gift to young people.

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MINICT CONDUCTED A CODING BOOTCAMP AT IFAK

From 2nd December 2019 to 13th December 2019, A coding Bootcamp organised by MINICT was taking Place at IFAK, On 13th December 2019, The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of ICT Ms. Claudette Irere attended the Closing of the 2nd edition of that Coding bootcamp at IFAK , It brought together 350 students aged between 13 – 18 to be introduced to basic coding skills during their school holiday. Interacting with the students, PS Mrs. Claudette IRERE told them they should use this learning to be agents of change: to develop solutions for their schools and communities.

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COMPUTER CLASS

IFAK Students are equiped with a Computer-based learning which helps students to enhance their learning skills through computer aided education. This impacts computer knowledge in students and enables them to obtain large amounts of information from various ressources.

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