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Teach Rwanda


TEACH Rwanda is a catalyst for change. We establish preschools in Rwanda to offer young children engaging learning experiences. TEACH Rwanda, a U.S.-based NGO…

     - provides post-secondary teacher education,
     - equips schools with creative learning materials, and
     - nurtures future Rwandan leaders.

We are working to facilitate partnerships among U.S. and Rwandan colleges and universities. Our goal is self-sufficiency for our schools.

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Teach Rwanda


TEACH Rwanda is a catalyst for change. We establish preschools in Rwanda to offer young children engaging learning experiences. TEACH Rwanda, a U.S.-based NGO…

     - provides post-secondary teacher education,
     - equips schools with creative learning materials, and
     - nurtures future Rwandan leaders.

We are working to facilitate partnerships among U.S. and Rwandan colleges and universities. Our goal is self-sufficiency for our schools.

Donate

Your generosity operates two schools in Rwanda, where many families are subsistence farmers and cannot afford school fees. Children learn to make good decisions, work together, solve challenges, and develop literacy.

Your donations pay for

  • Teacher education
  • Salaries (7 teachers), medical insurance
  • Learning materials, furniture (120 children)
  • Snacks
  • Rent, utilities, Internet, phone, bank fees
  • School supervision

Service Opportunities

Service Opportunities in the USA & Rwanda

  • Early Childhood Education—share international practices by working with teacher educators & children
  • Communications & public relations—promote, write grants
  • Global understanding—build bridges as peacemakers
  • Nonprofit management—team with boards, NGOs, government officials
  • Finance— budget, fiscal priorities, financial management
  • Fundraising—develop a solid base of continuing support

Just contact us!
 

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Visit our schools


We welcome visitors. See educated teachers, well-equipped classrooms, and children learning through play and discovery! 

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Visit our schools


We welcome visitors. See educated teachers, well-equipped classrooms, and children learning through play and discovery! 

Project Schools

Our first TEACH Rwanda model school is located in Gitarama, Muhanga, South Province, Rwanda. Louise Batamuriza, a Rwandan teacher who studied international best practices in early childhood education in the United States in November 2011, established Bright School in January 2012. The school now has two classrooms and four teachers, serving 80 children, ages 3 to 6, in morning and afternoon programs. These classrooms were equipped by, and salaries are paid through, generous donations to TEACH Rwanda.

Just as Louise had the opportunity to come to the U.S. to enhance her professional development, TEACH Rwanda hopes to provide resources for more teachers to study best educational practices in Rwanda. Those who show exceptional talent will be encouraged to come to the U.S. for further university studies and observation experiences in early childhood education.

TEACH Rwanda expects to form partnerships with colleges and universities in the US and Rwanda that are interested is sharing their knowledge about best practices with teachers.

Waiting List Schools

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How We Began


Our mission is to educate teachers and establish preschools in Rwanda.

Our vision is to offer post-secondary early childhood education to Rwandan teachers who will provide young children with active, engaging learning experiences. Partner with Rwandan educators, families, and communities to nurture future Rwandan leaders. Operate as a cost-effective, efficient organization that wisely spends all donations.

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How We Began


Our mission is to educate teachers and establish preschools in Rwanda.

Our vision is to offer post-secondary early childhood education to Rwandan teachers who will provide young children with active, engaging learning experiences. Partner with Rwandan educators, families, and communities to nurture future Rwandan leaders. Operate as a cost-effective, efficient organization that wisely spends all donations.

How we began

Cindy Grieshaber and Jan Brown, cofounders of TEACH Rwanda, share several years of experience working with nonprofit educational organizations in Rwanda—as well as backgrounds in early childhood education. Both women recognized a unique opportunity to form TEACH Rwanda in February 2012. Their dream is to establish model schools in Rwanda that implement international best practices. 

These schools also serve as lab schools for TEACH Rwanda to provide teacher education in early childhood development. We are collaborating with the Rwandan government and a variety of NGOs in the country who share a focus on young children and their families.

 

Janet F. Brown, M.Ed., has more than 40 years international experience as a teacher of diverse young children and teacher educator. She has served as Director of Publications for the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Managing Editor for Crayola, and as Editor of Dimensions of Early Childhood published by the Southern Early Childhood Association. Jan has worked extensively as a consultant with Art As a Way of Learning®. through Northampton Community College. She is a regular volunteer at Head Start in the Lehigh Valley. She has traveled extensively and began learning about the opportunities for service in Rwanda first-hand in 2010.  Jan and her husband William Whipple IV are delighted to share 5 adult children and 5 grandchildren.

 

Cindy Grieshaber is the co-founder and President Emeritus of TEACH Rwanda. Cindy first became involved with Rwanda in 2005 when she and her husband, Ken, joined a mission trip to Rwanda with their church. The result of that trip was a six-year association with a Home for Children in Muhanga. She currently works as an Alcohol and Other Drug and Mental Health counselor. Cindy has three adult children, David (wife Melissa), Philip and Jillian, and two grandchildren.