We're changing the culture of education in Rwanda by affirming and encouraging genuine understanding through kind, responsive, well-informed, modern teaching practices. The Determine a Future Campaign was created to support teacher education and children's enrichment in Rwanda.
The launch of this campaign is an opportunity for children, teachers, and families across the world, as well as at home. By getting involved, you're supporting a higher educational standard and making a transformative difference in Rwanda.
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FOR VULNERABLE FAMILIES
FOR VULNERABLE FAMILIES
More than 60% of the families of children in Bright School are unable to pay their children's school fees. A scholarship fund, Fund a Future, has been established to pay part or all of these fees. Some parents do volunteer work as well to ensure their children get a high-quality education. Fund a Future is supported solely by donors to TEACH Rwanda. In Kigabiro and Harmony Schools, parents who cannot pay withdraw their children. Consequently, many children fend for themselves on the street and are ill-prepared to enter primary school, so their risk for dropping out in early primary is high.
$125 supports a preschool student for one year.
$175 supports a primary student for one year.
Teachers at Bright School are paid about $90 to $150 a month, plus health insurance and retirement benefits. These salaries are at the low end of salaries paid in Muhanga. We would like to pay competitive salaries that reflect our teachers' advanced skills and knowledge, experience and desire to learn more, dedication to their professional work, and that can reasonably support a family. Inflation in Rwanda is eroding our teachers' ability to even purchase food for themselves. Most live in small, rented rooms. Only one teacher has a bicycle for transportation, the others all walk to school. We also rely on volunteers to provide support for children with differing abilities, music, French, English, work as substitutes, and engage in many other roles.
$200 pays a teacher (with benefits!) for one month.
$400 pays a teacher (with benefits!) for two months.
$2,400 pays a teacher (with benefits!) for one year.
FOR UNDER-NOURISHED CHILDREN
FOR UNDER-NOURISHED CHILDREN
All of the vulnerable children at Bright School are food insecure. Many children in Kigabiro and Harmony schools are also undernourished. These children eat one meal a day if they are lucky. Some collect glass on the way home from school. They sell the glass to get money to buy something to eat. Enriched porridge is a traditional form of feeding hungry children, and in some cases this porridge at school is the ONLY food children get all day. Growth--physical and mental--is stunted when children do not eat well, so stunting is common in our schools. Our children are VERY small for their age. Without adequate nutrition, children are listless and in pain--not conducive to learning!
$40 feeds a class (20 students) for one month.
$80 feeds a class (20 students) for two months.
$480 feeds a class (20 students) for one year.
TEACH Rwanda provides books, blocks, puzzles, markers, glue, scissors, sand, tires, balls, journals and story paper, sidewalk chalk, dolls, smocks, fabric, pretend animals, a few computers, and many other items through which children explore their world and gain an understanding about social studies, science, literacy, social and emotional skills, culture, math--all areas that support lifelong, meaningful learning. We also seek out Rwandan resources that are free or inexpensive: cow horns, animal bones, rocks, bottle caps, banana leaves and fiber, small sticks...
$8 provides wooden puzzles.
$10 provides a doll or sidewalk chalk.
$15 provides a picture book.
$17 provides markers.
$25 provides story paper.
$225 provides a set of blocks.
TEACH Rwanda furnishes classrooms with child-size tables and benches that invite collaboration and active, engaged learning. Low, open shelves are provided so that learning materials can be displayed for children to choose and return items when they are finished. We also supply book display shelves for classrooms so children can see the covers of the books they choose. Mats are placed on the floor for children to read, build with blocks, listen to stories, and work in small groups. As children get older, the size of the tables and benches increases to fit the children. Classrooms are inviting and encourage children to cooperate, be responsible, and scaffold their knowledge in meaningful ways. All furniture is made in Rwanda by local carpenters.
$45 provides a small table.
$75 provides a large table or a book display rack.
$110 provides shelves for learning materials.
Our Modules 1 and 2 (led by teacher mentors) provide an introduction to the classroom culture and teaching skills necessary to offer a high-quality early childhood and primary education. Module 3, classroom-based and personalized teacher mentoring, gives constant, continuing support to teachers who are for the first time in their lives being kind, encouraging, and engaging in a child-focused, rather than a cold, boring teacher-centered, environment. Without coaching and support from school leadership, these skills and attitudes are quickly replaced by more traditional pedagogies, which have proven to be very ineffective. Mentoring helps ensure that children are nurtured with a well-rounded education that supports analytical thinking, understanding, and knowledge. SMALL, well-equipped classes (20 children with two well-prepared teachers in preschool, 22 children in primary) are ESSENTIAL to implement high-quality education. Our teacher mentors observe in classrooms, offer guidance in pedagogy and curriculum planning, set goals for improvement, and support/demonstrate high-quality teaching practices. All TR Exemplary and Project school are regularly supervised by a Teacher Mentor to ensure that our high standards are being addressed and met.
$150 provides one day of classroom coaching.
$1,000 provides 4 full-day workshops for 12 teachers.
Thank you for your interest in TEACH Rwanda's campaign. It is because of donor generosity that we are able to carry out our vision in Rwanda.