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.
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.
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.
In 2012, the Harbers Family Foundation produced a short film, documenting the story of one student's admission to the Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology. This 11 minute film will leave you wanting to learn more about Rwanda, Gashora, and our amazing students.
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.
- Won the Miss Geek Competition
- IDebate competition--1st place and best speakers;
- Reached finals in the Spring Accelerator entrepreneurship competition;
- Tech-innovation competition: 2 teams reached the semi-finals;
Our girls continue to gain recognition for their "Gashora Gold Peanut Butter." One of our Senior 6 students so impressed Africa Development Bank President Dr Akinwumi Adesina and Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi at an exhibition of Gashora Gold Peanut Butter and the girls' new product, passion juice, at the 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week 7 in Kigali.
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.
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."