This book explores the current status of primary schools in Rwanda and the history behind their development. It argues that current primary school leaders in the area encounter a wide range of problems relating to conflict prevention, teachers' and school leaders' professionalism, financial and resourcing constraints, student attrition, and parental disengagement, many of which can be attributed to the legacies of war and the genocide in 1994. The book also presents a range of strategies that are pursued by school leaders while dealing with these concerns, as the Rwandan government invests in reconstructing education following the country's turmoil. Through examining the issues of the past and the present, the book provides valuable insights for researchers of educational leadership, school leaders, education policy makers, and those in charge of preparing, developing, and implementing professional development programmes for school leaders and teachers in Rwanda, as well as in other post-war and developing countries.
Gilbert Karareba is an independent researcher, and graduated with a PhD from the Graduate School of Education at The University of Western Australia. His research interests include international and comparative education, education and conflict, and educational leadership in diverse contexts
Simon Clarke is Professor of Education at The University of Western Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leadership. His research interests include school leadership and curriculum.
Tom O'Donoghue is Professor of Education at The University of Western Australia, Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His research interests include the history of contemporary education and schooling in challenging circumstances.
Chapter 1. Introduction.- Chapter 2. The Broad Context.- Chapter 3. Overview of the Literature.- Chapter 4. Historical Background to Primary School Leadership from Colonial Times until 1994.- Chapter 5. Developments in Relation to Primary School Leadership in Rwanda since the Genocide of 1994.- Chapter 6. Concerns of School Leaders and Associated Strategies Adopted by them.- Chapter 7. Overview, Discussion and Conclusion.