In the course of the last few months, Sanejo has achieved many things. Together with our partners, we built new classrooms as well as trained teachers on new technologies, reading techniques as well as participatory teaching methods. From July to August, the Ntenyo community and the school in particular had an opportunity to, once again, be exposed to non-Rwandan cultures and participate in a global exchange of experience, knowledge and insights.
From the end of July to mid-August, the school was on holiday. Teachers decided to use that time for their professional development and our four university interns organized English and computer trainings for them. Most of the teachers did not even know how to open a computer, but now they know how to use a variety of programs. Their level of English has also improved but most of all their confidence in speaking has improved considerably. In addition to this, a friend of Sanejo’s, Mrs. Violette Nyirarukundo, a Kigali based professional counselor, also held a one-day workshop for the teachers on compassion fatigue.
Furthermore, the school received three tablets and Pico projectors from Dr. Christine Mahoney, one of the advisors to Sanejo’s Board. Together with the interns and the volunteers who visited the school in August, she provided teachers with more training on how to use computer programs like Microsoft Word, Excel, and other educational programs. These new technologies are now part of the educational tools that teachers are using in their classrooms. We are also undergoing a trial period of introducing the use of the internet to the school.
Rebuilding the Ntenyo Primary School is core to Sanejo’s five-year plan that ends in 2015. In the last few months, with the support of our partners, we have completed the construction of four new classrooms, which brings the number of new, modern, fully equipped classrooms to twelve. Students from primary one to primary six arenow studying in safe buildings. In addition, the local government fulfilled its promise to bring electricity at the school and now eight out of twelve classrooms have electricity. The community around the school can also access electricity for the first time in their lives. This has opened up new business opportunities such as welding, phone charging and other small businesses that are mostly run by or employ youth who are dropouts from the Ntenyo School.
Every year, YGAP, our Australian partner, sends volunteers to work at the school for a couple of weeks. This year we had a fantastic group of volunteers with various relevant skills, who worked with teachers, students and community members. Among many of the activities they focused on, the volunteers helped teachers with their English, organized art classes for students, taught them many games, and helped the builders with the construction of new classrooms.
We also congratulate YGAP as they celebrate their five-year anniversary of creating change in various communities globally, including changing the lives of thousands in Ntenyo. We are forever grateful to all of our partners who have contributed to the growth of the Ntenyo School and its community.
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