Touring the School that hosted USAID's Early Grade Reading Project Launch.

On Thursday 16 February 2017, at Groupe Scolaire Kinyinya located on the outskirts of Kigali, USAID, in partnership with Rwanda’s Ministry of Education, launched the Early Grade Reading project that incorporates three complementary programs namely “Mureke Dusome” (Let’s Read), “Soma Umenye” (Read and Know) and “TCOP” (Teacher Community of Practice). Under the theme “Dusome Dutere Imbere” (Reading together, Growing together), the launched project is expected to improve Kinyarwanda reading skills for 1 million Rwandan children by 2021.

The project was officially launched in presence of students and staff of Groupe Scolaire Kinyinya, stakeholders involved in education sector and book industry in Rwanda, local leaders and high ranking officials such as the US ambassador to Rwanda, the MINEDUC State Minister in Charge of Primary and Secondary studies, the Mayor of Gasabo District, the Director General of the Rwanda Education Board, and more.

Books and other learning materials were displayed on the exhibition stands.

Parents from Gicumbi District create home-made reading materials for children.

Students of G.S. Kinyinya performing at the project launching ceremony.

Before the ceremony starts, I toured the school with my phone's camera on and came up with some worth sharing shots.

A welcome panel at the entrance of G.S. Kinyinya forecasts creativity inside the school compound.

Touring the school, you learn a lot without necessarily getting into classrooms.

School values are displayed around the compound not only to remind students to stick to them but also for visitors to learn from them.

Students themselves at G.S Kinyinya are a vibrant community of the real ‘intore’ as we say in Kinyarwanda.


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