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Rwandan Teacher Education Program

U.S. instructors travel biannually to Rwanda to provide continued professional development.

In partnership with the Rwandan Ministry of Education and the Rwandan Education Board, the University of Hartford’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP) established the Rwandan Teacher Education Program (RTEP) in the summer of 2014. The RTEP’s main goals – to increase the effectiveness of Rwandan teachers and develop a new cadre of local educational leaders – are pursued under the guidance of University of Hartford faculty members and master teachers from throughout the eastern United States. Additional logistic support is provided by ENHP’s Institute for Translational Research.

An initial pilot and testing phase (2014-16) brought 40 Rwandan teachers to the University of Hartford for training in pedagogy, leadership, and conflict resolution. The program, which now has instructors traveling to Rwanda biannually to provide continued professional development, has been extended through 2026.  With ongoing support from members of the Hartford team, RTEP participants will assume leadership and mentoring roles in the systemic training of Rwandan teachers.

The program’s director, Dr. Joseph Olzacki, previously served as director of arts education in Connecticut’s Bloomfield Public School district and developed close ties with the government and people of Rwanda through his award-winning Identity Project, a program focused on using lessons from the Holocaust and other genocides to strengthen student identity.

RTEP’s forerunner, the Rwandan Teacher Training Program, was developed through a grant from Alan Lazowski, chairman and CEO of LAZ Parking, in honor of his parents Rabbi Philip and Ruth Lazowski – both educators and Holocaust survivors. Initial planning assistance for the RTEP was provided by the University of Hartford’s Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies.

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