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TEACH Rwanda


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

·        provides 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. 

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TEACH Rwanda


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

·        provides 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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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.

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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Why we are passionate about early childhood education


Why We Are Passionate About Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education is the foundation for life-long learning. High-quality, hands-on early experiences are essential for children’s early brain development.

Outputs

  ·  Joyous, curious young children thrive and grow
     at their own pace.

  ·  Well-educated teachers creatively plan a Rwandan
     curriculum that embeds deep and rigorous respect
     for the country’s culture.

  ·  Parents are enthusiastic about modern education
     methods that enhance their children’s engagement
     in learning.  

 

Outcomes

  ·  Improved academic and social preparation of young
     children for primary school and life in Rwanda.

  ·  Resilient, creative children who resolve problems
     using analytical thinking.

  ·  Developmentally appropriate measures of success in
     early childhood education and teacher education.

  ·  Rwandans lead!

Why we are passionate about early childhood education


Why We Are Passionate About Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education is the foundation for life-long learning. High-quality, hands-on early experiences are essential for children’s early brain development.

Outputs

  ·  Joyous, curious young children thrive and grow
     at their own pace.

  ·  Well-educated teachers creatively plan a Rwandan
     curriculum that embeds deep and rigorous respect
     for the country’s culture.

  ·  Parents are enthusiastic about modern education
     methods that enhance their children’s engagement
     in learning.  

 

Outcomes

  ·  Improved academic and social preparation of young
     children for primary school and life in Rwanda.

  ·  Resilient, creative children who resolve problems
     using analytical thinking.

  ·  Developmentally appropriate measures of success in
     early childhood education and teacher education.

  ·  Rwandans lead!

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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


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!

 


TEACH Rwanda Leaders


TEACH Rwanda Leaders


Board of Directors

Alana Augello, M.S., TEACH Rwanda Secretary, is a 2013 Graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, where she obtained her B.S. in Elementary and Kindergarten Education. In 2016 she earned her Master’s Degree from Lehigh University in Educational Leadership.

Alana has taught 5th & 6th grade for 2 years at St. Michael the Archangel School in Bethlehem, and is now teaching 5th grade in the Bethlehem Area School District at Hanover Elementary School. She is also involved with extracurricular activities within the school including the school’s Lighthouse Team Facilitator and Fitness Club Advisor.   

Alana has participated in a numerous international mission trips and educational field experiences.  Locations include Mexico, Costa Rica, Germany, and Haiti.  Alana is passionate about making a difference in the life of a child both inside and outside of the U.S.  

Alana joined the TEACH Rwanda Board this in the summer of 2016.  Alana feels very strongly about and supports all of TEACH Rwanda’s mission and vision statements. She is highly intrigued with the leadership component of the professional development initiatives for the teachers in TEACH Rwanda’s schools.  She is looking forward to traveling to Rwanda in the near future.


Janet F. Brown, M.Ed., TEACH Rwanda President & Founder, 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.

Listen to a podcast interview with Jan Brown by Linda Buchner, Educate Podcast Host

http://lindabuchner.com/2016/08/kids-curious-globe-jan-brown-teach-rwanda/

http://traffic.libsyn.com/driventoeducate/Jan_Brown.mp3


Carol Cannon, B.S.,

TEACH Rwanda Treasurer, has a wealth of experience as a consultant, speaker, and Treasurer/bookkeeper for nonprofit and commercial organizations in Florida, Pennsylvania and 'virtually' around the world. She is a retired Vice President of Chase Manhattan Bank, where she managed the Commercial Real Estate Appraisal Division in Boca Raton, FL covering nine southeastern states and a portfolio of over $2 billion. A long time yoga and meditation practitioner, Carol now facilitates “Chaos to Calm” in her clients' lives. She brings to the board her volunteer experience at numerous non-profits, including President of the Miami Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women, various positions on the board of the Deerfield Beach/Miami Chapter of the Theosophical Society, Unity Church board experience, and a lengthy volunteer history for many non-profit organizations.


 
 

Demetrius D. Carmichael, B.S., brings his business management and administration skills to TEACH Rwanda’s board. He is a Program Specialist at Wakefield Cottage in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, and joined the board in 2016. He is an avid outdoors-man who shares our passion for volunteering and helping others.


Robert F. DeFinis, Ed.D., is the Executive Director of Philadelphia READS and formerly Vice-President for Workforce Development, Programs, and Economic Innovation at Philadelphia OIC. Dr. DeFinis is also a former K-6 educator and former Campus Director at the Lansdale School of Business in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. He has lead program management, professional development, teacher/instructor coaching, curriculum development, and training as key drivers of continuous improvement for his organizations. At home, Dr. DeFinis is a dedicated father and engaged community member. If he isn’t coaching his son’s soccer team on an afternoon weekend, or with his family at the dog park running around with his dog Fudge, he can be found volunteering his time at the local Boys and Girls Club of America. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Team Children, TEACH Rwanda, THANKS Society, Recycled Reading, and The Asherah Foundation.


Clare Dillard, B.S., TEACH Rwanda Co-Vice President, is a 2012 Honors Graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, where she obtained her B.S Degree in Elementary and Kindergarten Education. She graduated with high distinction and was the recipient of the 2012 Elementary Education Academic Service Award.

Clare has taught in urban and suburban school settings in both 4th and 5th grade. She has unique international teaching experiences including teaching primary school students English in Taiwan for a Study Abroad Honors trip, and a month-long teaching internship in Rwanda, Africa. During her month-long internship in Rwanda, Clare taught English to primary school students and mentored genocide orphans, while conducting research for her undergraduate honors thesis, which focused on building resilience in children of poverty and trauma. Clare’s thesis was published by the Schreyer Honors College. Clare’s international teaching experiences not only enriched her life, but also her students’ lives, as she’s able to teach about diversity while sharing first-hand experiences.

Clare joined the TEACH Rwanda Board in March 2015 and traveled back to Rwanda in July 2016 to volunteer at TEACH Rwanda’s schools. Clare is very passionate about education and TEACH Rwanda’s mission and vision. She plans to return to Rwanda for more volunteer work.

After teaching 4th grade for three years at St. Michael the Archangel School, she landed a teaching position in the Bethlehem Area School District, teaching 5th grade at Farmersville Elementary School, where she is currently the school’s Webmaster and Digital Marketing Club Advisor. Clare arranged to donate 36 laptops to TEACH Rwanda schools on behalf of the Bethlehem Area School District. Clare and Co-Vice President, Tom Smith will be married on July 7, 2017. Then she will begin her master’s degree in Education at Lehigh University.


Carrie Devescovi Nkurikiyimfura is TEACH Rwanda’s Rwandan Culture Consultant. She grew up in Texas, worked and studied in New York City, and has lived and worked in Rwanda since 2010. She is a preschool teacher at an international school in Kigali and is intimately involved daily in the life and work of TEACH Rwanda in country.

“I have witnessed what can be accomplished when passionate people come together and carry out a mission and vision with excellence, expertise and passion. I am not talking about a passion that brings notoriety or exposure, however I am talking about a passion for the people they are serving. I believe in Education and the life-changing effect it has on each and every living soul that has the opportunity to be blessed with a GOOD education. This is what TEACH Rwanda believes in and is the cornerstone of our Mission and Vision.”

 



Tom Smith, B.S., TEACH Rwanda Co-Vice President, graduated in 2014 with a degree in Communication of Arts and Sciences and Minor in Business from The Pennsylvania State University. Tom is currently a Route Sales Representative for Frito-Lay in Easton, PA.

Tom served as the Head Boys Basketball coach for 8th grade at St. Michael the Archangel School for 2 years. Tom joined the TEACH Rwanda Board in March 2015 and took his first international trip to Rwanda in July 2016, where he volunteered at TEACH Rwanda schools. Tom brings unique talents to the board, such as his business, management, and communication skills.  He also brings board experience, as he formally served as the Vice President and Chief of Staff for Penn State Berks’ Student Government Association.

Tom is very passionate about the TEACH Rwanda mission and vision and is very driven to see the organization achieve its goals. Tom and Co-Vice President Clare Dillard will be married on July 7, 2017. They plan to return to Rwanda for more volunteer work.


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Raza Visram is an invited board member and main point person for TEACH Rwanda's Africa operations. Raza is currently on sabbatical from the board for family reasons. He is a native of East Africa with connections to the land who deeply understands the ongoing intricacies, strategies, and challenges of operating any organization in Africa. He is very well traveled in Africa and brings more than 22 years of experience and expertise of working at AfricanMecca Safaris, an award-winning Africa travel and tourism organization. Raza's simple beginnings and humble family background has made him a passionate and fervent advocate for the rights of the poor and underserved, as well as giving back to Africa using his time, talent, and treasures with the sole aim of making a better tomorrow: an Africa with a self-sustaining healthy economy supported by an educated population and progressive government which is able to solvethe challenges of education, healthcare, conservation, employment, and more. His honest and open communication style has successfully led TEACH Rwanda to operate at its highest efficiency, allowing donor funds to be maximized for the benefit of TEACH Rwanda schools. His connections with the greater business trade in the United States has further allowed TEACH Rwanda to receive support for its non-profit operation. Raza is on currently on sabbatical while dealing with family health issues.


William Whipple III, TEACH Rwanda Business Representative, retired in 2014 from a 33-year career as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist & Certified Diabetes Educator so that he could go to Rwanda for extended lengths of time with his wife Jan and TEACH Rwanda. Dietetics has a strong diet education component and Bill has had an interest in high-quality education all his life, hearing about it at the family dinner table from his father who was a literature professor and his mother who had an advanced degree in journalism. He finds fascinating the process of implementing high-quality early childhood education (ECE) in Rwanda, where many preschoolers still sit quietly and memorize what the teacher says. He understands now that good ECE gives a strong foundation for learning throughout life and sees potential for making a strong impact on the lives of children in Rwanda.  He is learning a lot from, Jan, who is the ECE expert, and contributes his own talents, including communicating in French, a passion for teaching English, mentoring, management, and business skills. He loves being able to contribute in a meaningful way, even though he is “very old” according to his Rwandan friends, (a term of respect). He misses his children, grandchildren (see Jan’s bio), and friends in the U.S. when spending extended periods of time in Rwanda.

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TEACH Rwanda Rwandan Advisory Board


The TEACH Rwanda Rwandan Advisory Board offers recommendations to our in-country TEACH Rwanda leadership team as well as the TEACH Rwanda Board in the U.S. to:

·        Increase opportunities for success.

·        Optimize effectiveness of our vision and mission in a
         Rwandan context.

·        Identify goals, opportunities, and strategies in Rwanda.

·        Make decisions congruent with Rwandan law, culture,
         communication, and expectations.

·        Facilitate access to important Rwandan partners, decision
         makers, resources, and organizations.

·        Strategize the process toward the long-term evolution of
         TEACH Rwanda to become a Rwandan NGO.

TEACH Rwanda Rwandan Advisory Board


The TEACH Rwanda Rwandan Advisory Board offers recommendations to our in-country TEACH Rwanda leadership team as well as the TEACH Rwanda Board in the U.S. to:

·        Increase opportunities for success.

·        Optimize effectiveness of our vision and mission in a
         Rwandan context.

·        Identify goals, opportunities, and strategies in Rwanda.

·        Make decisions congruent with Rwandan law, culture,
         communication, and expectations.

·        Facilitate access to important Rwandan partners, decision
         makers, resources, and organizations.

·        Strategize the process toward the long-term evolution of
         TEACH Rwanda to become a Rwandan NGO.

Members of this volunteer Advisory Board, which meets quarterly, are:

Aloys HAKIZIMANA, Lawyer, Muhanga

Betty KABEERA, International Education Exchange, Human Resources Director, Kigali

Carol MBABAZI, Head of Special Education, Green Hills Academy, Kigali

Esperence MUKAGASANA, Bank of Kigali Manager, Muhanga

Eraste NGABOYAMAHINA, Professor, Group Scholaire St. Joseph, Kabgayi

Emmanuel NIYIRORA, TEACH Rwanda Finance Officer

Clement Jacques RAFIKI, Owner, Rafitechnoz, Muhanga

Francois UHAGAZE, former Vice Mayor for Finance, Muhanga

Emmanuel USABUWERA, Accountant, Muhanga

Jeanne d’Arc UWAMWIZA, Director, Rwanda Management Institute, Muhanga

Bill Whipple, TEACH Rwanda Business Representative


TEACH Rwanda Intern

Zawadi Nshimirimana, a student at Wilkes University, is interning with TEACH Rwanda. She is a Communications Studies major with a dual concentration in Multi-Media Journalism and Strategic Communication Public Relations. Zawadi is minoring in Leadership, Women Studies, and concentrates in Anthropology.

Zawadi is fluent in Swahili, Kirundi, Kibembe, and English. She was born in The Republic of Congo, lived in Tanzania for 10 years, and came to the U.S. in 2008. Her strong global perspective has led her to seek a variety of experiences on and off campus at Wilkes.

Zawadi is a member of Public Relations Student Society of America. She enjoys dancing and writing, and is working on an autobiography with many chapters filled, and many yet to be filled.

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Our Partners


TEACH Rwanda is unique among INGOs working in Rwanda.
Our vision to transform children's lives through teacher
education is
•    ambitious (we provide in-service and pre-service
     professional development)
•    unique (through our demonstration system of Exemplary
     and Project Schools)
•    blends modern education strategies with Rwandan culture
     (teachers, children,  schools, and curriculum are all Rwandan)

TEACH Rwanda’s vision can only be achieved through the
combined efforts of our formal and informal partners in
the United States and Rwanda.

Our Partners


TEACH Rwanda is unique among INGOs working in Rwanda.
Our vision to transform children's lives through teacher
education is
•    ambitious (we provide in-service and pre-service
     professional development)
•    unique (through our demonstration system of Exemplary
     and Project Schools)
•    blends modern education strategies with Rwandan culture
     (teachers, children,  schools, and curriculum are all Rwandan)

TEACH Rwanda’s vision can only be achieved through the
combined efforts of our formal and informal partners in
the United States and Rwanda.

Our expanding list of partners includes:

·        African Road

·        Child Fund Rwanda

·        Eglise Presbyterienne au Rwanda (EPR)

·        Gasabo District

·        Gitarama Presbytery (EPR)

·        Help a Child

·        Judith’s Reading Room

·        Michigan State University

·        Ministry of Education, Rwanda (MINEDUC)

·        Mudacumura Press

·        Muhanga District

·        Ready for Reading/Rwinkwavu Community Library and Learning Center

·        Rwanda Education Board (REB)

·        Rwanda Education NGOs Coordination Platform (RENCP)

·        Save the Children

·        UNICEF

·        University of Rwanda College of Education

·        Wellspring Foundation for Education

·        Wilkes University

·        World Vision

TEACH Rwanda annual report


TEACH Rwanda annual report


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Contact Us


E-mail us

For organizational information

JBrown@TEACHRwanda.org

 

To inquire about teacher education Modules

TRModules@TEACHRwanda.org

 

Send official correspondence and contributions to

1787-C Chateau Place, Easton, PA USA 18045

Post Box 91, Muhanga, South Province, Rwanda

 

Call us

In the U.S. 484-542-7442 (if there is no answer, call us in Rwanda)

In Rwanda 078 883 5696

Contact Us


E-mail us

For organizational information

JBrown@TEACHRwanda.org

 

To inquire about teacher education Modules

TRModules@TEACHRwanda.org

 

Send official correspondence and contributions to

1787-C Chateau Place, Easton, PA USA 18045

Post Box 91, Muhanga, South Province, Rwanda

 

Call us

In the U.S. 484-542-7442 (if there is no answer, call us in Rwanda)

In Rwanda 078 883 5696