What We Teach
All new Senior 4 (equivalent to 10th Grade in U.S.) students spend at least one week taking all our subjects before they select the combination they will study for 3 years. Currently we offer the combinations which include physics, computer science, biology, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, and geography.
All students study English in addition to their combinations and classes are conducted in English. The goals of the English program are: to develop both “receptive” language skills (reading and listening) and “expressive” skills (speaking and writing); to enhance students’ critical reading skills with increasingly sophisticated subject matter; to encourage students to write for both classes (like General Paper) and for personal enjoyment (such as poetry); and to prepare students who may wish to study in North America or the UK to do well on the relevant university entrance examinations.
As noted all students will select one of the 8 combinations we offer along with the other required subjects: Entrepreneurship, General Paper and Kinyarwanda.
Extra-curricular Programs and Athletics
GGAST believes in the same principles as the Greeks of more than 2,000 years old: a sound mind in a sound body. So we want our girls to learn the habits of good health and mind while they are at GGAST and after. We currently have 22 clubs and 11 sports teams (recreational or intramural), all organized by the students who take ownership and learn important leadership skills.
One alumnae said of the clubs, "Gashora gave me choices to broaden my thinking and find my passions.
Clubs meet at least twice a week. All students belong to at least one club with some clubs having around 15 members, while others, like debate, have as many as 120 members. Our varsity clubs consist of:
- Debate and Seminars: This has been the leading varsity club in the school with almost 80% of the S4 students registered under this club. The hunger and thirst for eloquence and fluency, superb speaking and debate skills has driven them here. Gashora Girls Academy debate team made history by being the first all-girls school to win the annual National Youth Entrepreneurs Debate Competition. The girls have not only been able to think and analyze critically but also speak and convince the world.
- Traditional Dance and Culture: This club is responsible for not only nurturing the Rwandan culture, but also enriching and preserving its aroma through Rwandan dance creating confidence, identity, patriotism and persistence through public performance. The club consistently has over 50 active dancers and more than 30 singers.
A few of our intramural clubs include:
- Agriculture: Students engage in impact projects on our 30-acre school farm. 70-80% of food grown in Africa is farmed by women, and 45% of the total labor force in Africa are female farmers. From the classes of 2015 and 2016, around 1/3 of the graduates will pursue an agricultural major in university and will become future leaders in agricultural development and food security in East Africa. This club, which produces “Gashora-Gold” Peanut butter, is now supplying peanut butter to hotels like Hotel de Milles Collines in Kigali.
- Community service: This club has ably represented the school in the whole community with acts ofkindness and giving back to the community. It has faithfully represented the school in the national monthly general cleaning locally called Umuganda. One example is they have visited and tutored pupils from the neighboring primary school in science, mathematics and English.
- GirlUp: GirlUp is a UN-sponsored movement uniting girls to change the world. The Girl Up chapter at GGAST was founded in 2013, and Gashora Girls have expanded the initiative to 9 other schools in Rwanda including two poorly resourced government schools in Gashora Village. This club supports the growth of the girl and confidence building, teaching that girls can, and has potential to change the state of the society. It empowers the members of the club through debates, seminars, talks and shows. Most recently, the club hosted “Women in Engineering” and girls shared ideas of what it really takes to join the engineering field and other issues.
- Fashion and Art: — This club is a place for you to develop your creativity and learn about the fashion and art industry. The club meetings include the development of a fashion portfolio, as well as the improvement of the artists’ level.
- World without Medics: This club was started as a way of emphasizing that prevention is better than cure. Also it is responsible for teaching students skills that could help them give first aid to ill persons. More especially, the club teaches skills of how some diseases can be prevented through a good diet and how some of these diets can be realized. The major aim of the club is to realize a better and healthier Rwanda.
- Tech-club: This club is focused on IT world. It had held activities in school like teaching how to write code, teaching computer to the newer students in the school especially those fromupcountry who have had a low exposure to computers. Outside the school, the Tech club has visited and taught students at the neighboring secondary school on how to use simple programs like Office and internet engine.
- Leadership and Mentoring: This club has not only exposed the girls to some of the most inspiring figures around the world, but has also instilled a feeling of “Yes I can” into the girls. Being more confident in speech construction and speaking, addressing people and most importantly self-discipline and responsibility. The members of this club have been able to distinguish between a leader and a politician, with members inspired to become leaders in the school themselves in the prefectural body come next term. The club is looking at changing the politics of Rwanda in their generation.
"We offer both “recreational” or “intramural” sports like jogging, karate and inter-dorm competitions, and we offer competitive sports like football (soccer), volleyball and basketball.