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We are proud to release the latest installment of the "Educating Girls Changes Everything" series. Harbers Studios captures the story of four young women, one still at the Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology, one in her third year at Harvard, one preparing for her first winter at Harvard, and the last at Lafayette. We hope you are as inspired by their stories as we are.

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On the evening of November 18, 2016, Angela, Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology Class of 2015, and Harvard University freshman, gave the following speech at the Rwanda Girls Initiative annual event.

Good evening,

Earlier this year, I was speaking with one of my Rwandan friends. He had recently learned that I got into college and was curious to know how I got into such a "prestigious" university as Harvard.

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The First Lady of Rwanda, Jeanette Kagame (pictured) spoke at the annual Ms Geek 2016 Awards ceremony in Kigali, where only five out of 130 Girls in ICT were awarded for innovative projects providing solutions to the community's challenges. Our Gashora students took second and third place, the only high school students which received awards.

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Linda Umwali, was the recipient of Hamline University's prestigious award, the Mary Maude Knox Memorial Award for Academic Excellence. The award is given to a freshman or sophomore who shows unusual scholastic promise. Linda was a GGAST class of 2013 graduate.

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Columbia University freshman and GGAST Class of 2013 alumna, Diana, in DC for the Save the Children Advocacy Summit. Diana was a panelist at the Summit, discussing early learning and maternal, newborn and childhood survival. Diana stated, "I hope after college when I am back in Rwanda I can continue my work on behalf of families."

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"For me, there is nothing more fulfilling as having been part of a generation that will take our nation to great heights."

My name is Beatrice, Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology (GGAST) class of 2013.

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By: Connie Wallum and Tom Garvey

When we think about our recent visit to Rwanda, we fondly remember the stunning natural beauty of the country, the kindness and warmth of the Rwandan people, and the awe of the mountain gorillas. However, this all is eclipsed by the students of the Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology (GGAST).

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Congratulations to the 35 current S4-S6 girls participating in summer programs in Africa and the US. Programs are listed below:

  • Yale Young African Scholars Program, Rwanda: 9 girls
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Congratulations to our 2015 graduates on your college acceptances! These amazing young women have received over $4 million in scholarships and financial aid; bringing our three-year total to over $20 million!

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