International Day of the Girl

Gender inequalities in homes and communities every day, hinder girls from reaching their full potential.  On International Day of the Girl, we stand with the world community in recognizing the need to accelerate progress and opportunities for girls around the world.

Of the 1 billion young people-including 600 million adolescent girls-that will enter the workforce in the next 10 years, more than 90% of those living in developing countries will work in the informal sector, where low or no pay, abuse and exploitation are common.  

Rwanda Girls Initiative (RGI) mission is to educate and empower girls of Rwanda to reach their highest potential.  This is made possible by our many donors and partners who provide scholarships to 98% of our students. As a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) school, our unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation has nurtured students to become leaders in the country in academic and entrepreneurial achievements that will help transform the nation, and continent by developing the next generation of scientists, social entrepreneurs, advocates and thought leaders who will bring new insights and solutions to the biggest global challenges we face.

On International Day of the Girl we are thrilled to share an essay by our alumna, Rusa Divine, and her passion to fight for Women's Rights. 

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Hope Burns Bright:  A Teens Visit to Rwanda

In May of 2018, co-founders Suzanne McGill and Shal Foster took a group of passionate advocates of girls' education to Rwanda to learn of the country's history and visit Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology (GGAST).  This trip included 14 year old Vivian, an eighth grader from Bear Creek School. She will be attending Eastside Prep this fall as a freshman.  Viviane shares her experience in this beautiful essay below. 

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Alumnae Profile: Endless Potential

My name is Shadadi Mutoni and I am a member of the Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology (GGAST) Class of 2013. My time at Gashora taught me what true leadership.  I learned to appreciate diversity.  I learned to believe in myself; especially since we live in a world where girls are considered to be incompetent. Most importantly, Gashora taught me that I have endless potential and I can be whatever I want to be.

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