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Jackson, December 5th, 2013
Today, December 5th, 2013 marks a historical loss for the African continent and the World. Tears alone cannot express the sorrow we feel - and will continue to feel- at the absence of the father of African freedom. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela lived a life of a true and determined hero. He was not only a politician, but also an agent of social change. During his life, Mandela promoted education as “the most powerful weapon which one can use to change the world”. He undoubtedly knew that we can’t talk of freedom (...)...Read more
The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique numeric commercial book identifier based on the unique digits for book publishers and booksellers.
The initially 10-digit ISBN format was developed by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and was published in 1970 as international standard ISO 2108.
Later on, ISO appointed the International ISBN Agency as the registration authority for ISBN worldwide and the ISBN Standard is developed under the control of ISO Technical Committee 46/Subcommittee 9 TC 46/SC 9.
In 2005, ISBN agency made the major revision of (...)...Read more
September 20th, 2013
In the quest of improving reading and writing skills in Rwanda, Isaro Foundation has been shipping books to Rwanda. The number of shipped books between November 2011 and May 2013 is estimated at 16,000, a number that Isaro Foundation has always considered like a ‘drop in a sea’. In order to give a hand to Isaro Foundation, Books for Africa and Books for International Goodwill have stepped in with a donation of 2 containers of 42,000 high quality books that are valued at $500,000 or Rwf 335 million.
The first container is a donation of 22,000 books from Books For (...)...Read more
In The New Times issue of September 10th 2013, an opinion entitled “When the national university’s bookshop became a food store” was published, authored by Mr. Stephen Mugisha.
The main point of the article can be summed up in the allegation made by the author, and I quote: “…NUR found it inconsequential and irrelevant to maintain the university bookshop, which has since been turned into a food store!”
By any standards this was a well written article, and one that touches on a subject that is dear to us all. Indeed, the importance of the subject can be gauged from the sentiments the same (...)...Read more
“This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum”, by Albert Hubbard. This great quotation from Hubbard is still relevant today as it was at his time.
The quality of civilisation and development we envisage and dream about is inextricably tied up to how much we value knowledge and information. There is no doubt that Rwanda has gained impressive strides in her development endeavors and this is generally spread across the country.
This is exactly what I witnessed last week while on my tour of duty in the Southern Province where I (...)...Read more
September 8th, 2013
Today, Rwanda and the world celebrate the international Literacy day. This occasion is a precious opportunity to recognize the benefits and impact of literacy on our daily lives as a nation whose goals perquisite education.
Literacy has always been a tool for many countries to push their development forward. Through reading one comes to discover big ideas and profound concepts that can help not only one’s intellectual growth, but also a palpable change in a nation. That is why Rwanda – despite of its economic problems - needs to invest more in literacy programs so (...)...Read more
September 1st, 2013
Isaro Foundation Rwanda’s new leadership team takes office this September 1st, 2013: states the official statement from the Chief Executive Officer of Isaro Foundation.
The new leadership team which takes office today was elected on August 13th in Kibuye during a yearly retreat of Isaro Foundation Rwanda. Its leader, the chief coordinating officer, was appointed by Jean Leon Iragena as stated in article 22 of Isaro Foundation constitution.
The new leadership team’s structure is different from the one that took office on July 30th, 2012. The new team will have the (...)...Read more
Rwanda was this week ranked among top 20 countries in Africa that are most dynamic performers in the promotion of literacy programmes, by a report African Economist magazine.
The list, published on Monday, gives a snapshot of how 52 African economies have managed to reduce illiteracy levels.
The survey ranks Rwanda second in East Africa, and 17th in Africa with a score of 70.4 per cent.
Zimbabwe tops the list with a score of 90.7 per cent, followed by Equatorial Guinea (87 per cent), South Africa on the third position scoring 86.4, Kenya (85.1 per cent) and Namibia on the fifth (...)...Read more
Country and Literacy Rate
1. Zimbabwe 90.70
2. Equatorial Guinea 87.00
3. South Africa 86.40
4. Kenya 85.10
5. Namibia 85.00
6. Sao Tome and Principe 84.90
7. Lesotho 84.80
8. Mauritius 84.40
9. Congo, Republic of the 83.80
10. Libya 82.60
11. Swaziland 81.60
12. Botswana 81.20
13. Zambia 80.60
14. Cape Verde 76.60
15. Tunisia 74.30
16. Egypt 71.40
17. Rwanda 70.40
18. Algeria 69.90
19. Tanzania 69.40
20. Madagascar 68.90
21. Nigeria 68.00
22. Cameroon 67.90
23. Djibouti 67.90
24. Angola 67.40
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As one of the organizations that have welcomed ELE Rwanda initiative, Isaro Foundation was honored to be a sponsor of ELE Rwanda summer camp which will take place in Kicukiro in Rwanda.
The agreement between both organizations on the sponsorship was made by their CEOs this Monday, June 24th. Isaro Foundation agreed to provide 30 high quality computer science books and pay their shipping cost to Rwanda. The value of this sponsorship is estimated around $3,500. ELE Rwanda agreed to offer a $2,000 sponsorship benefits to Isaro Foundation during ELE Rwanda summit that will take place at (...)...Read more