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Meet Shemsa, Class of 2015 Alumna

Gashora Class of 2015 alumna, Shemsa, was featured in an article by University of Nebraska.  "For Women’s History Month, we’re featuring some of our impactful female students. This week, meet Shemsa Ndahiro Iribagiza, an integrated science major from Kigali, Rwanda. Since she was young, her parents instilled that she is a strong woman. Now she’s dreaming big, helping others find their voice and feel heard, and advocating for others...." READ MORE

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Miss Rwanda 2021!

Congratulations to Gashora Girls Academy alumna, Grace Ingabire, who was crowned Miss Rwanda 2021.  Grace graduated from Bates College, majoring in dance with a concentration on globalization and philosophy.  We wish her the best on this journey. Click HERE to read more about her passion for dance.  

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University of St. Thomas Award Winner

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.  

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She Will Rise Annual Event

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!

If you didn't get a chance to watch the event or would like to experience it again, click HERE. If you haven't had a chance to make a gift and would like to, DONATE HERE.

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Black Lives Matter

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

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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!

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Best in Science!

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!

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Rwanda Science Fair

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.

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New Head of School

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.

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East African Debate Winners!

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.

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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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