Rwanda: Girls’ Education Key to Development – FAWE

In collaboration with Plan Rwanda, FAWE Rwanda chapter, a pan African NGO based in the ministry of education, organized a one-day sector campaign in Bugesera and Gatsibo. The campaign is part of a three-year project between FAWE Rwanda and Plan Rwanda under ‘Operation Days Work’ project.

Winnie Ingabire, one of the role models of the day, emphasized the need to concentrate in classes. As a person who went through difficulties that ranges from lacking minimum quality requirements, house core responsibilities, among others, she knows what she is talking about.

Today, Ingabire is an electrical and electronics engineer from KIST hoping to join Masters Degree in the USA sometime in August 2013. Though she went through difficulties in her studies, she mentioned that persistence, self-confidence, assertiveness and parental advice will always make you to shine and become whatever you want to achieve.

During the discussion, Kabera Telesphore, the FAWE representative at Rugarama sector campaign in Gatsibo, for his part remarked that community members, especially those surrounding rice plantations need to encourage their sons and daughters to go to school regularly, instead of spending the day scaring away birds from the plantations for a meager income. He emphasized that since FAWE’s vision is to ensure that all kinds of gender disparities are eliminated especially through education.

Through the campaign, FAWE and Plan Rwanda hope to mobilize the pilot areas within Gatsibo and Bugesera districts in promoting and ensuring girls’ education, and raise awareness among local communities on the importance of girl’s education and motivates girls to complete their schooling. The campaign is expected to contribute to achieving gender equality in primary and secondary school enrolment, and bring down the number of drop-outs among girls.

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