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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;
  • 2nd and 3rd place out of 130 girls at Ms Geek Competition presenting solutions to community challenges;
  • 3 students' named "best in the country" at the MINEDUC science fair;
  • 2nd place in the Country Mathematics Competition;
  • 1st place at KOICA science competition in South Korea;
  • 1 student named Youngest Entrepreneur and Most Popular Business awards in East-African Entrepreneurship competition;
  • 1st place at GOI Peace Essay contest;
  • 1st place at East-African Essay competition;
  • 1st place at The National Young Entrepreneurship Debate Competition;
  • 2 Finalist and 3 Semi-finalist teams in the IDebate Competition;
  • 2nd place and Won Best Debater at National Debate Competition;
  • Presented at FARA (Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa) where the girls received a grant to Gashora Gold from the President of FARA;
  • 82 students attended a week-long agricultural camp;
  • 2 students attended the US Department of State 2016 Pan-Africa Youth Leadership program;
  • Reached finals in the Spring Accelerator entrepreneurship competition;
  • 2 Teams reached semi-finals at Tech-innovation competition;
  • 2nd place at JICA National High School Competition;
  • 1st place at the National High School Public Speaking Competition organized by Girl Up;
  • 1st and 3rd place at HeHe Labs Code Club Programming competition;
  • 35 girls participated in summer programs in Africa and the U.S.

Programs include:

Yale Young African Scholars Program, Rwanda (9)
Yale Young African Scholars Program, Ghana (3)
Yale Young African Scholars Program, Zimbabwe (1)
Yale Young Global Scholars Program, Yale University (4)
Babson College Summer Study (3)
Davidson College Summer Program (1)
Wheaton College Summer Program (2)
Summer Program at New Jersey Institute of Technology (1)
Girl Up Leadership Summit, Washington, D.C. (2)
Brandeis University Summer Coding Academy (1)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Frontiers Program (2)
UPenn Engineering Summer Academy (1)
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Summer program (1)
Walla Walla Community College, Summer Internship (2)
US Department of State Pan African Leadership Program (2)

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.

When you give to these motivated young women, you are fostering creativity and innovation. In fact, in her remarks at the opening of our school the First Lady called our girls the future "mothers of invention". This year, Gashora Girls won the national Rwanda Education Board (REB) science competition, the first time girls have done so. The girls developed a pump that used simple materials to draw water in a valley up to the mountain without using electricity. Winning team member, Sandrine Mutezinka said, "We developed the project after we observed children carrying water on their heads from down the valley to their homes on the hills."

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;
  • JICA National High School Competition: 2nd place;
  • East African Debate Competition Competition;
  • Won the National High School Public Speaking Competition organized by Girl Up;
  • Code Club Programing competition: 1st and 3rd places at HeHe Labs;
  • 2 students participated in the Students on Ice Expedition in Greenland (First ever from Rwanda);
  • Winner of the National Youth Entrepreneurship Debate Competition 2015;
  • Participated in the "100 women who will impact Rwanda Camp";
  • TAHMO ICT and Water Competition: Reached Finals;
  • Won 3 gold certificates from Commonwealth essay competition.

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