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Who We Teach

GGAST has enrolled girls from 27 of Rwanda’s 30 Districts and has included students from Burundi and recently 2 students from Somaliland, creating the most socio-economically diverse school in Rwanda and perhaps all of East Africa. In a given year, 80% of our students receive financial aid with 20-25% of girls who pay less than what they would pay if they attended a government school.

Why Girls?

Rwanda Girls Initiative built the Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology, an upper-secondary boarding school, in order to increase educational opportunities for girls in Rwanda. In Rwanda, 97% of girls go to primary school, but less than 13% attend upper secondary school. Secondary school capacity is very limited, so only those with the highest test scores are able to attend. Even for a bright girl who is qualified to attend, she may face obstacles to success and graduation – including household responsibilities and safety concerns.

The societal effects of girls receiving educational opportunities are widespread: increased educational opportunities positively affect the economic earnings and productivity of the girl as she reaches adulthood, increases the health of both herself and her children, and is a key component to ending the cycle of poverty.

A Voice in the Hopeless

"At every drop of my sweat, you grew stronger and stronger,
Giving me wings to fly to this place of unique beauty in diversity.
A place where I found the true peace in my soul,
A place where I found the dignity and value that I have never had,
A place where I found new lives into mine.
A place where my smile came, from hopes of the future.
I have found my voice and know who I am.
I am Gashora."
-Eunice, Class of 2018