Teacher Pascal: Leading with Purpose and Passion

As "Back to School" supplies are taking over store shelves, all of us at Rwanda Girls Initiative are feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the teachers at Gashora Girls Academy who are the catalyst for the 275 young women educated each year, the changemakers of today and tomorrow.   We are thankful to have an entire staff who make their educational subjects come alive with a hands-on approach to learning, challenging their students to think critically and seek answers to the solutions for real-life challenges.  We are thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce Teacher Pascal Dukuze, one of our Gashora super heroes!

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Board Member Extraordinaire

There are countless things I love about my job, including reporting to an unbelievably dedicated and passionate Board of Directors. Our directors selflessly give their time, talent, and treasure to further our mission, without them our work wouldn’t be possible. I am honored and thrilled to share our interview with the VP and Secretary of RGI’s Board of Directors, Thien-Di Do. In addition to her role as a board officer, Di works tirelessly as a marketing and communications executive, community leader, youth advocate, volunteer, and mom. In this month’s blog, Di shares what drives her in life and inspires her in her work with RGI. Enjoy! 

Hillary M. Carey, Executive Director

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Gloria: Future Neuroscientist and Columbia Student

Gloria graduated from Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology (GGAST) in 2018 and soon boarded a plane to attend Columbia University.  Her passion for human behavior and brain science began while studying biology at GGAST.  We sat down with Gloria as she shared her passion for neuroscience, how she found out she was headed to Columbia, her transition to life abroad, coping with a global pandemic, and her advice to her GGAST sisters behind her.  Did we mention Gloria was also recently named Editor of the Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal!  Don't miss this incredible interview.  

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Meet our Head Girl & Deputy Head Girl

Sylvia and Josiane are finishing their S5 (junior) year this spring and recently were elected Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl at Gashora Girls Academy for the 2021-2022 school year.  We are thrilled to share their thoughts about their new role, what quality education means to them, and how they have changed since their first days at Gashora Girls Academy.

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International Women's Day

International Women's Day (IWD) celebrates the achievements of women around the world and intends to raise awareness for gender parity and equity. This year's campaign theme is Choose to Challenge -- a message that highlights today’s emphasis on both recognition and a continued commitment to empowering women. This day of celebration is also a call to action for the work we must continue to do to advance equity globally. We happily accept the challenge and hope that this moment inspires you and countless others to keep advocating and pushing for change. 

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