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Our vision and mission


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Our vision and mission


Vision:
Educate and inspire children to become analytical thinkers, thoughtful readers, and strong writers.

Mission:
Transform early childhood teacher education in Rwanda.

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Teach Rwanda


TEACH Rwanda is transforming early childhood teacher education in Rwanda. We prepare Rwandan teachers to establish preschools in Rwanda to offer young children engaging, meaningful learning experiences. TEACH Rwanda…

·  provides post-secondary pre-service and in-service professional development and resources,

·  equips our Exemplary and Project Schools with creative, Rwanda-centric learning materials and furnishings,

·  insists on just 20 children per classroom with two well-prepared teachers who implement modern teaching strategies, and

·  builds Rwandan early childhood leadership capacity.

We welcome partnerships with U.S. and Rwandan colleges and universities, other INGOs and NGOs, and Rwandan government officials.

TEACH Rwanda is a U.S.-based NGO and an INGO in Rwanda.

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Teach Rwanda


TEACH Rwanda is transforming early childhood teacher education in Rwanda. We prepare Rwandan teachers to establish preschools in Rwanda to offer young children engaging, meaningful learning experiences. TEACH Rwanda…

·  provides post-secondary pre-service and in-service professional development and resources,

·  equips our Exemplary and Project Schools with creative, Rwanda-centric learning materials and furnishings,

·  insists on just 20 children per classroom with two well-prepared teachers who implement modern teaching strategies, and

·  builds Rwandan early childhood leadership capacity.

We welcome partnerships with U.S. and Rwandan colleges and universities, other INGOs and NGOs, and Rwandan government officials.

TEACH Rwanda is a U.S.-based NGO and an INGO in Rwanda.

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.

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How We Began


How We Began

Louise Batamuriza, a Rwandan preschool teacher who founded Bright School, invited Jan Brown, her mentor, to help with her new school in January 2012. The school was equipped with just one box of 24 Crayola® Crayons!

A month later, TEACH Rwanda became a reality, and lives began to change dramatically on two continents. The vision—to bring best practices in early childhood education to Rwanda—quickly expanded. Today, TEACH Rwanda is transforming the Rwandan early childhood education infrastructure across the country!

 

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How We Began


How We Began

Louise Batamuriza, a Rwandan preschool teacher who founded Bright School, invited Jan Brown, her mentor, to help with her new school in January 2012. The school was equipped with just one box of 24 Crayola® Crayons!

A month later, TEACH Rwanda became a reality, and lives began to change dramatically on two continents. The vision—to bring best practices in early childhood education to Rwanda—quickly expanded. Today, TEACH Rwanda is transforming the Rwandan early childhood education infrastructure across the country!

 

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, with a dream 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.