The future of the Rwanda Education Assistance Project is bright. 2016 will be an exciting year...
Coming in 2016...
While REAP's list of accomplishments is substantial, there is never a finish line when it comes to educating Rwanda's youth. We are always seeking out new processes to expand upon our programs' successes and refine our strategies.
With the help of our partners and donors like you, here are the ways we hope to grow our operation in the coming year:
We are exploring obtaining a sanitary pad-making machine in order to stock our "Girl's Room", in collaboration with the Sustainable Health Enterprises.
We are also exploring a dress-making initiative, in which students and community members learn how to use a sewing machine to produce school uniforms.
Duha's TUSUME (To Speak Out) Club will lead a community-wide intervention, to help raise awareness about the importance of staying in school.
School Feeding Program
Last August, the Rwandan government implemented a school feeding program for secondary students. To prepare the food, a makeshift, ramshackle kitchen was constructed. REAP has been working with local contractors to construct a permanent kitchen.
Student Learning & Development
REAP will expand its provision of school supplies to prioritize Primary 1, the largest grade in the school, with over 720 students.
REAP is designinga comprehensive, metric-based intervention to identify struggling learners in 1st grade. We are collaborating with teachers, administrators, and partner programs in America on an evidence-based intervention to strengthen learning and prevent academic failure and school dropout.
REAP is involving parents in their child's education both at home and in school to build a strong community and honor the parents' knowledge.
The REAP Internship Project has been approved by Duha's headmaster, who has since selected 5 of his best teachers to pair with interns from a partnered teacher training college. We are hoping to contribute to the professional development of new primary school teachers by immersing them in the promising practices we are developing at Duha.
In January, REAP is launching the Letter Exchange Project between Duha and REAP-partnered schools in the US, which will enhance English-based reading and writing skills.
In addition to our reading programs and competitions for students on Saturdays, we will also be offering a literacy initiative for adults on weekends.
Beginning this year, REAP will be introducing new technology in the form of a LibraryBox. It's an offline server that allows connected computers access to online information, such as Wikipedia, videos, songs and lesson materials for students and teachers. The LibraryBox is yet another way REAP removes learning obstacles by addressing the absence of an internet connection.
REAP will expand its vocational scholarship offering to 25 students, who receive training in tiling, painting and plastering.
REAP will continue to give 6 scholarships each year to teacher-recommended students who have passed the national exam.
With the help of our partner, Rollins College, REAP looks to expand the number of laptops available to students.
All teachers will receive instruction in how to take advantage of computers in the class room. Additional teacher trainings will be offered on the weekends.
REAP's Multimedia Project will take effect over the first half of 2015, as Duha integrates the initiative into teachers' timetables. Teachers are being trained to use technology in their lesson plans, in order to provide audio, visual and kinesthetic learning to their children, encouraging a fun and independent learning atmosphere.
Installation of anti-virus software in all of REAP's donated computers, with regular updates to follow.
Over the course of 2015-16, REAP will partner with Green Hills Academy in Kigali and Apogee Public School in Musha, to develop a pilot leadership training program for rural public schools in Duha's surrounding district. This pilot project will foster cooperation between the schools, and emphasize effective school leadership and academic excellence.
REAP will continue partnerships with Rollins College, Bank Street School of Education, and the Klingenstein Leadership Program at Columbia University's Teacher's College to integrate the best practices of America with the best practices of Rwanda and create a culturally sensitive teaching methodology.
REAP will continue its partnership with Level-Up Village to promote hands-on science and technology learning in the fields of biology, chemistry and electricity.
Our Girl's Empowerment clubs, TUSUME and Sexual Health and Reproduction Education (SHRE), continue to use the community center constructed by REAP, for meetings and to hold performances. Their performances deal with important topics, such as sexuality, pregnancy and HIV prevention, and provide discussion points for students, teachers and parents.
In 2016, REAP looks to expand the community center's role in increasing income generation for the school. As it is the only large public building for miles, Duha will continue to rent the space out for weddings and ceremonies. REAP hopes to purchase a projection screen to watch soccer matches and movies.
Teacher Hostel Construction
Currently, REAP is supporting the district in the construction of a teacher hostel, to provide living accommodations for teachers.