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Celebrating Peter Thorp

Our journey to founding Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology (GGAST) began in 2008, and along the way there have been partners and champions that have played instrumental roles in the building, shaping, and success of GGAST and Rwanda Girls Initiative (RGI). But no one played a more pivotal role in laying the groundwork and building blocks than our founding Headmaster of the school, Peter Thorp. GGAST would simply not be what it is today without Peter's commitment, heart and expertise to help us create a model all-girls school.

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Alumna Named as African Representative!

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).

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2017 African Debate Champions!

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.

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Gashora grad, Stella-Noella Tetero Wants to Apply Nanotechnology to Help Conflict Survivors

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:

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13 girls Honored at Promotion of Girls Education Campaign

Congratulations to the 13 girls who were honored at the Promotion of Girls Education Campaign. The First Lady told community members that we must "ensure girls not only attend school but also find confidence to realize that they are secondary to none, but rather fairly compete with their male counterparts."

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Pictured with the First Lady is Gashora S4 student, Khadidja.

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2016 Accomplishments

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;

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Educating Girls Changes Everything, Part V

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.

Good evening,

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.

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Reflections from Rwanda

By: Connie Wallum and Tom Garvey

When we think about our recent visit to Rwanda, we fondly remember the stunning natural beauty of the country, the kindness and warmth of the Rwandan people, and the awe of the mountain gorillas. However, this all is eclipsed by the students of the Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology (GGAST).

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