Zion Education Centre - Rwanda 2017-18
We are proud to announce our partnership with Zion Education Centre (ZEC) in Rwanda. We will be swapping letters and other activities with the school to help explore the differences and similarities in culture, way of life, the countries and lifestyle. We hope this will be a very interesting experience for all the children involved.
Zion Education Centre is a primary school in Rwanda built and run by the Anglican Church. It has eight classrooms – three for the nursery department and five for the primary department. Between the two classroom blocks is a concrete playground. There are about 236 children in the school ranging from 3- 13 years.
The pupils at the school come from the Giterama Parish, west of Kigali, the capital city. The parents pay a small fee for the children to attend the school which is a considerable sacrifice for the families (£180 a year). The school prides itself on offering a good standard of education based on Christian values and ethics. Unlike most primary schools in Rwanda, the children attend lessons in both the morning and the afternoon, returning home for lunch.
Classrooms at Zion Education Centre (ZEC) are basic with a concrete floor, wooden desks and a blackboard. The children are equipped with a notebook and a pen. Any posters on the wall are hand-made. Lessons are taught in English although all the children speak the local language at home. The Rwandan government has recently introduced a new curriculum and a British charity has purchased the new text books for the school.
The school is located in a rural but expanding community. Almost all the children walk to school, some coming as far as two miles. The school has one electrical cable leading to a single socket and one outside tap by the kitchen with its wood-burning stove.
There are four traditional long-drop toilets at the school used by boys, girls and staff.
Many of the older generation were killed in the genocide in 1994 and the country is now run by a multitude of young adults. The staff at ZEC are no exception. All the teachers are young, energetic and dedicated to nurturing the children in their care.
There is however one universal language and that is football!
Throughout the year we will be working with ZEC to complete an art project, compete in a sports competition, write letters, swap activities on farming, meals, culture and the views from our window, as well as having our own Rwandan experience day where the children will have to carry water around the field in buckets, eat rice and beans and learn all about Rwanda's Gorillas, Genocide and daily life.
If you have any questions, or would like to help out with this partnership, please contact Miss Richell.
ZION HILL SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS
We would like to thank our many supporters who donated money to buy text books for Zion Education Centre, an Anglican school in the Shyogwe Diocese.
The new Rwandan curriculum introduced last year has been difficult to implement without the new text books, so it was our pleasure to help this delightful school in their quest to provide quality education to the children who attend.
Big Books and Art Materials
On a recent visit to Zion Hill School, Rev Jim Stevens was able to give big books for classroom use and art materials donated by St Mark’s School in Cheltenham. The two schools have formed a link, sharing ideas and experiences.
The David Dale Shyogwe Trust sent £3000 for a complete rebuild of the toilet block at Zion Hill School. We are delighted to report that work stated in April 2018. It will offer a huge improvement to the facilities at the school.
Healthy Mums Project at Rugendabari
With the help of many of our supporters we were able to send £2000 to start a new Healthy Mums Project in Rugendabari, a particularly poor area of Rwanda. The Mother’s Union started the Healthy Mums initiative in 2011 when they identified teenage and single mothers as being a matter of huge concern in the diocese. Once a single teenager became pregnant, she would drop out of school without completing her education and become dependent on her relatives for survival. This would often come with mistreatment and stigma.
In order to help these vulnerable teenage and single mothers, the Mother’s Union set up Healthy Mums Projects in several areas offering counselling, training in baby care and encouragement to form co-operatives in order to sustain themselves. They became aware that Rugendabari had a tremendous need in this regard, and with our help and support a new Healthy Mums Project was set up at the end of 2017, training the counsellors and identifying the most needy. 60 teenage single mothers now meet regularly learning how to care for their offspring and eventually run their own child nursery.
We have begun new project, creating a partnership with a school in India. A link to the school can be found at the bottom of this page.
St Marks has linked with other schools in the county, to develop a link with an organisation in India who own and run several schools in area of Najpur.
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