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Alumna Named as African Representative!

Rusa Divine was recently named as the Regional Advisor for Africa at the International Federation of Medical Student Association (IFMSA). The IFMSA is the largest student led organization in the world where medical students around the world meet to discuss, learn and grow. For the next year, Rusa will be heading the African department, working with internationals from the 5 world regions, in work with Sexual and Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS (SCORA).

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2017 African Debate Champions!

Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology were the winners of the 2017 African Debate Championship, held in Uganda this year! This is a competition normally dominated by boys.

The team of three won the championship, with Natasha Teta Semwaga receiving the Best Speaker award, Nikitah Isabella winning the 3rd best speaker award, and Sylvie Mahoro Wairimu took home the best country speaker award.

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13 girls Honored at Promotion of Girls Education Campaign

Congratulations to the 13 girls who were honored at the Promotion of Girls Education Campaign. The First Lady told community members that we must "ensure girls not only attend school but also find confidence to realize that they are secondary to none, but rather fairly compete with their male counterparts."

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Pictured with the First Lady is Gashora S4 student, Khadidja.

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2016 Accomplishments

Our girls have brought our "whole girl" education to life, balancing the intense and demanding academic work with our rich co-curricular offerings. They continue to be awarded for their amazing hard work. What follows is a list of just some of the girls' achievements in the past year:

The class of 2016, which graduated in October 2016, had 100% of our girls passing the National Exam;

Class of '14 graduate was selected for publication in Best College Essays 2016 for her essay, "A Girl with No Country;"

1st place in Rwanda Education Board's (REB) science competition that is geared at encouraging secondary school students to study science, technology and innovation;

1st and 2nd place at National Science Fair Competition;

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Soozi McGill and Shal Foster:  425 Magazine

The Eastside's Shalisan Foster and Suzanne Sinegal McGill are working to empower women a world away.

Give a Rwandan girl an education, and she'll have the power to alter the landscape of her country. That's the idea Foster and McGill invested in when they started Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology, an all-girls STEM school in Rwanda.

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Educating Girls Changes Everything, Part V

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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Students Receive Top Honors at Ms. Geek 2016

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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Destined to Greatness: Beatrice Class of 2013

"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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Reflections from Rwanda

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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35 GGAST Summer Internships Earned

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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Class of 2015 College Acceptances

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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