May 19, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

In June, Rwanda will join the e-learning ranks of Malawi and the rest of Africa as it digitizes education.

In partnership with Microsoft, the Rwandan government will begin using computers and the internet to impart learning to students.  The project will fold information and communication technology into all aspects of Rwandan education.  By 2020, all schools will have at least two smart classrooms, and all subjects will be digitized.

The project, started last April with the Information and Communication Technology in Education policy (ICT), aims to equip all learners with the necessary tools to embrace digital learning. 

In an article in AllAfrica.com, Nkubito Bakuramutsa, the ICT advisor to the Minister of Education said that to start, Rwandan students will learn basic software from Microsoft, like Word, Excel, and Power Point. 

He said, “The idea is to ensure that Rwandan students become global citizens capable of working locally, on the continent, but also anywhere in the world.”

Bakuramutsa added, “By June this year, we want 50 per cent of all subjects to be taught online. It is still work in progress, but that's the way forward. We want students to adapt to a digital system and so it needs commitment.”

The goals?  To allow Rwandan students to compete in the 21st century.  To make Rwandan students global citizens capable of working anywhere in the world.

At the end of its implementation, ICT will enable Rwandan students to participate in the myriad of online learning opportunities currently underway in Africa, like eLearn

Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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