Build a Library for 800+ Students in rural Rwanda!

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Build a Library for 800+ Students in rural Rwanda!
Build a Library for 800+ Students in rural Rwanda!
Build a Library for 800+ Students in rural Rwanda!
Build a Library for 800+ Students in rural Rwanda!
Build a Library for 800+ Students in rural Rwanda!
Build a Library for 800+ Students in rural Rwanda!
Build a Library for 800+ Students in rural Rwanda!
Build a Library for 800+ Students in rural Rwanda!
Build a Library for 800+ Students in rural Rwanda!
Build a Library for 800+ Students in rural Rwanda!
Build a Library for 800+ Students in rural Rwanda!
Build a Library for 800+ Students in rural Rwanda!
Build a Library for 800+ Students in rural Rwanda!
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony!
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony!

After five years, Sanejo and partners have celebrated the completion of our first project at the Ntenyo School on July 10th 2015. The celebration took place in South Rwanda, Ruhango District where the school is located. In addition to the school community as well as local community members and leaders, we were joined by local government and church leaders as well as different local and international partners, friends and families.

Over the course of the Ntenyo school project, Sanejo, with the support of our many partners, have accomplished various things including but not limited to:

  • The reconstruction of classrooms at the Ntenyo Primary school, from very old mud brick rooms to fully furnished modern classrooms
  • The construction of a library, computer room, offices for the principal and for teachers as well as a nursery classroom and a ‘girls room’
  • Teacher training in English, computer literacy and new teaching methodologies
  • Youth and community development
  • The end of primary passing rate went from 0% to 100%
  • The enrollment rate increased from 435 students to 1100+ students in only five years

We are very grateful to everyone who made this project a success and changed the lives of Ntenyo children, parents, teachers and community in general.

Stay in touch for our upcoming life changing adventures....

Many thanks,

The Sanejo Team

 

Guests at the Handover Ceremony
Guests at the Handover Ceremony
A Display of Collaboration & Progress
A Display of Collaboration & Progress
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Over the last quarter, the Sanejo team together with Ntenyo School leaders have experienced a number of achievements: 2014 Primary Leaver’s National exams results were published in January, a new experienced and passionate principal was appointed to the school, and we have also recruited a new university intern to work with teachers and students to better improve teaching methodologies and English skills.

Education & School Leadership

Ntenyo’s 2014 finishing class outperformed at the Primary Leavers’ National Exam with a 100% success, and the top 6 students were admitted into excellence schools. This great performance ranked the school among the top 5 schools in the district.

Furthermore, the school has new leadership. Veronique Uwiremye is the new principal. She has been in primary schools leadership for more than 6 years, and she is very passionate about education and teacher empowerment. There was a rotation amongst teachers, thanks to which the school was appointed three new teachers, and two of our teachers were appointed to another school in the district. These appointments are done in order to expand and share knowledge amongst schools in the district.

Teacher Training & Construction

Sanejo has recruited Hope Nyangoma, a new university intern. She will be joining our other three amazing interns; Jean Pierre, Florence and Godwin, to work with teachers and students in improving teaching methodology, English and computer skills as well as the use of ICTs as teaching tools.

In order to complete the school construction, a security fence and a gate were built to close the school property.

In one word, the beginning of this year has been promising and undoubtedly a beginning of another twelve months of successes, improvements and new learning outcomes!

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New Library!
New Library!

The past quarter has marked a series of learning experiences and achievements. The construction of new facilities came to an end, the final class sat for a National Exam, which results will be out early next year, and the school closed for end of year big holidays in October 2014 and will resume classes next January.

New Teaching Methodologies

Over the course of the past quarter, Sanejo interns continued to work closely with teachers and assist them in their daily activities. Specifically, the emphasis was put on using participatory teaching methodologies to familiarize with the Rwandan Education Board’s new curriculum which will be introduced in 2016. The interns were able to provide model lessons and assist teachers in preparations. In addition to that, teachers keep working hard to improve their level of English.

Students’ Learning Development

Students have greatly benefited from teachers trainings and improved teaching methods. They are improving their reading skills and making it a culture at the school, improving their behavioral conduct and helping each other in their study groups. Specifically the P3 class formed a dancing troop where they had a Rwandan cultural dancing, modern dancing and drama units rehearsing weekly. 

At the end of third term, the final class took the National Exam after which they were rewarded with a trip at the King’s Palace Museum in recognition to their hard work during tests, where they scored among the top schools in the district. The school has closed in October for big holidays, and teachers as well as school leaders are using this time to properly range the school library before classes resume in January 2015.

P6 Students & Teacher Lifting High-Performer
P6 Students & Teacher Lifting High-Performer
Girls' Room
Girls' Room
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Building the New ICT Room & Nursery
Building the New ICT Room & Nursery

During this past quarter, Sanejo has been involved in a number of professional and community development activities for both the Ntenyo school and the community. There have been workshops and trainings for teachers and school leaders. In addition to this, we are building an ICT center, teachers’ and principal’s office, toilets and a nursery.

Education

Teachers have received numerous trainings and workshops this summer. One of our directors, Mr. David Mwambari organized a workshop on leadership and students’ evaluation for teachers and school leaders. The workshop helped them better understand everyone’s role and each student’s performance and how to better help them. 

Additionally, during the second term holidays, our interns intensively worked with teachers in improving their English and computer skills. They have improved their writing, listening and speaking skills considerably and are able to work in Ms Word and Excel on their own. In addition to working with the interns, the Ministry of Education in Rwanda also organized English trainings for teachers during the same period, where school-based mentors worked with them to improving their level of English.

Construction & Community Development

This year, in addition to the twelve classrooms completed last year, we are building offices for the principal and teachers, an ICT room and toilets. Upon request of the Ministry of Education that every Primary school should have a nursery school as well, we added on one classroom. 

After the workshop with teachers, there was a meeting with community members, the majority of whom have been working at the school as masons since the beginning of the project. They shared their achievements since then, where many have started businesses with the money they are making by working for Sanejo and have also gained professional experience. They also have been encouraged to learn English and improve their literacy. Both meetings were followed by a group lunch and traditional dancing.

In summary, we have achieved many things this summer and our various initiatives have been both instructive and constructive for the school and local communities, as well as for the life of the project.

Teachers' & Principal's Office
Teachers' & Principal's Office
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With the Ntenyo Primary School in its second term of the year, teachers and students are working hard to stay among top schools in the district. Together with Sanejo’s interns, teachers are considerably improving their level of English, which is the medium of education; as well as developing their computer skills. Additionally, Mrs. Violette organized the third psychology workshop for teachers, which had a theme of ‘trauma’ and was held in April, before the commemoration of the genocide.

The Rwandan Education Board held English assessments for the teachers in February, which was conducted on sector levels by school-based mentors. Together with our school interns, teachers prepared the assessment and teachers from Ntenyo scored among the top.

Early April marked Mrs. Violette’s organization of a third psychology workshop for teachers and community leaders; which teachers found to be enormously beneficial. After the training, one teacher stated, “I learned a lot from this workshop. I had my problems, and the children have theirs mostly caused by parents or simply their financial situation. I could not help them the way I should because managing my own problems was difficult, but today I learned how to do a personal assessment and seek help from a colleague if need be. I also learned how to recognize a child who needs help and actually how to help them.”

Furthermore, Sanejo’s interns have moved near the school for the summer holiday. They are now working at the school five days a week, where they help teachers and students in various domains. The interns are helping teachers use ICTs in the classroom, and they are the first public school in the district to be doing this. Interns are also assisting in the reading club, which offers meet-ups for club members twice a week and is striving to maintain a reading culture in the school community for all ages.

In brief, the last three months have been fruitful especially for the education pillar. Teachers’ and students’ English, computer and methodology levels are increasing considerably. There is no doubt that the end of year results will be rewarding.

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Sanejo

Location: Kigali - Rwanda
Website:
Clint Misamore
Project Leader:
Clint Misamore
Kigali, Rwanda

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