While Rwanda leads the world in example through a high representation of women in political positions, gender inequality continues to be a prevalent issue throughout the education system.
In fact, girls were only allowed to go to school 34 years after formal education began for boys in Rwanda. Since then, there have been incredible advancements, but there continues to be a wide gap between female and male students, especially in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
Rwanda is committed towards building a future where women and men have equal opportunities, however this dream cannot be realized when the girls of today have only male role models to look up to in the fields of “hard sciences”.
It is for this reason, amongst many, that Agahozo-Shalom is proud to welcome our new Science Center Coordinator, Josiane ISHIMWE.
Josiane recognized her passion for science during Secondary School where the first lady awarded her computer-training classes at Tumba College for earning the highest marks in the Western Province of Rwanda. She went on to study at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, where in addition to working at various companies, she also volunteered as a mentor for the Imbuto foundation and for Maranyundo Girl’s School.
“(For a woman to be Science Center Coordinator) I can be a reality for them. Students can see that studying science and technology is really possible for a woman,” states Josiane ISHIMWE
Josiane is excited to begin her role as Science Center Coordinator at ASYV, where she can combine her interest of science, with her love for education. Your continued support enables the Village to grow and develop programs such as The Science Center, that equip our students for life outside of Agahozo-Shalom.