Education is one of the pillars for sustainable development. With this regard, governments agreed to provide education of quality for all (UNESCO, 1990, 2000). Educationists, researchers as well as practitioners talk about educational quality but there is still need of providing people with knowledge, skills and competences in order to develop, offer, monitor and evaluate educational quality.
Under the funding of Bread for the World (Germany) the University of Bamberg (Germany) in collaboration with Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (Rwanda) initiated the International Master’s Program “Educational Quality in Developing countries”. One of the objectives of the program is to equip students with knowledge, skills and competencies related to process requirements for achieving educational quality. The program is offered at full time basis with regular phases of attendance alternating with experiences at workplace. It started with 20 selected students from six countries of Africa namely Rwanda, Tanzania, Cameroun, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar out of 47 applicants. The first phase of attendance was held at the University of Bamberg (Germany) in October, 2013. The second phase took place at Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS), located in Huye District, Rwanda in March, 2014.
Within this frame, it was organized the opening ceremony on 27th March, 2014. The purpose of this event was to show the objectives as well as the achievements of the program so far.
During the ceremony, different higher education officials acknowledged the initiative of Bamberg University and PIASS because quality education is seen as the pillar for sustainable development. Experiences from students so far were deemed promising since they indicated they were provided with knowledge, skills and competences about how to develop, monitor and evaluate educational quality.
Prof. Dr. Annette Scheunpflug, the initiator of this project indicated that it is expected to improve the educational quality in developing countries by focusing training competent and qualified staff able to develop, monitor and evaluate education aiming at developing necessary competences for the purpose of improving socioeconomic development.
On behalf of Protestant Churches, members of PIASS, Archbishop Dr. Onesphore RWAJE, President of PASS Board of Directors, expressed gratitude to Prof. Dr. Annette Scheunpflug, the promoter of the project, Bamberg University and PIASS for strong academic partnerships in managing the project and Bread for the World for the financial support. The graduates are the hope of the education systems in Africa with regard to improvement of quality for the better of the young generation without forgetting adults.
The Director General of Higher Education Council in Rwanda, Dr Innocent MUGISHA S. who represented the Minister of education in the ceremony, indicated that the program came when it was needed. Many educational policymakers, researchers and practitioners need knowledge in educational quality. He expressed thanks to Bread for the World for financial support and University of Bamberg and PIASS for the initiation and management of the project.