Gashora alumna, Pascale Kunda, was recently voted this year's Tommie Award winner, a prestigious award offered once a year to a senior at the University of St. Thomas. Pascale is currently a senior at St. Thomas studying mechanical engineering and minoring in peach engineering and is the first engineering major to receive this award. An interview with Pascale can be read HERE. She shares about the engineering program and her hopes for the future.
Wow! What an absolutely wonderful occasion it was to be together (virtually) to celebrate and honor the extraordinary students, alumnae, and staff of Gashora Girls Academy is Science and Technology. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the outpouring of support for these young women. Your generosity is going to change the future, because educating girls changes everything.
We are thrilled to announce that because of you we were able to raise $1.1 Million. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
One of our incredible alumna, Sandrine, interned with Zero Hunger this summer. As a rising senior at Michigan State University where she studies Food Science and Food Management. She shares her experience working with cooperatives in both Rwanda and Guatamala. READ BLOG HERE
At Rwanda Girls Initiative, we stand with our Black and African American colleagues, students, and alumnae in the fight against systematic inequities. We stand in solidarity with those across our country and across the world who are speaking out against institutional racism, anti-blackness and standing up for the pursuit of equity and justice for all.
To read our full statement and find a lit of resources we complied click HERE
School is closed, but Gashora Girls Academy has always been more than its desks and whiteboards – is the people who fill those spaces that bring our mission to life and it is our supporters that make it all possible. In this moment we are overwhelmed with gratitude as we watch our community take care of one another. Your generosity has enabled us to continue to carry out our mission and respond to the needs of our students, it has only been possible because of YOU!
It is the beginning of March and that means that the class of 2019's National Exam scores are in! The Gashora Girls have excelled once again with 100% passing and 40 students receiving a PERFECT SCORE! We are also proud that one of our students was The Best in Sciences and plans to become a mechanical engineer. Our students continue to break Gashora records and achieve academic success, join us in celebrating their success!
Students from Gashora Girls Academy took 2nd place at the 8th Rwanda Science Fair sponsored by the REB (Rwanda Education Board). They came in 2nd to students from Agahozo Shalom Youth Village (ASYV). We are thankful for the continuous partnership we have with ASYV. Congratulations to both teams.
The Rwanda Girls Initiative Board of Directors is delighted to announce the appointment of Atete Rugege, as Head of School, succeeding Alain Munyaburanga on June 1st.
The Board of Directors and Search Committee were unanimous in the decision and belief that Atete's experience, skills and leadership style make her the ideal person to honor the culture of GGAST with an eye toward the future.
Passionate about women and girls' empowerment, Atete has over 15 years of experience working in civil society and the private sector. Serving in different capacities including working to advance access to finance for micro, small and medium sized businesses. As a team member and consultant for the International Finance Corporation (IFC)/World Bank, Atete developed programming that fostered financial sector development in Rwanda and other Sub-Saharan African countries.
Gashora Varsity Basketball team heads to the National Semifinals for the first time in Gashora History!
The 6th edition of the East African Debate Championship took place May 17-19, 2019 in Kigali. Gashora Girls Academy sent 2 all-girls teams to the competition, the only all-girls teams of the 29 schools competing. At the end of a full day of debates including 3 preliminaries, Gashora Girls Academy emerged as one of the finalists! Although they didn't take first place against Riviera High School, they came in 2nd and were amazing! Congratulations to the students at Riviera High School, another Rwandan team.
Esther Rugoli is a Junior majoring in Agricultural Biotechnology at Washington State University. Her interest lies in plant breeding, and her long-term goals are to make an impact on traditional farming in Rwanda so that the farmers will have a chance to have access to new varieties that are higher yielding to ensure food security. At WSU she has been exposed to outside classroom experiences
We are proud that four or our students were winners of the Essay contest on on to redefine the classroom and make science "cool."
Congratulations to the 13 students who were accepted to the following schools on Early Decisions.
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).
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.
Gashora Girls Academy graduate, at Columbia University, finds her passion in engineering as she strives to defy's gender norms in Rwanda.
"I loved the fact that every piece of information I received raised more questions, and I wanted to be part of the people who try to find solutions," Tetero says. Read more:
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.
Girls swept top positions during the annual Best Young Innovators Awards at the YouthConnekt Convention on Wednesday.