Accomplishments in 2016 and 2017...
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 have grown our operation in the past year and present:
- The Girls' Room continues to be an active part of a student's life by providing supplies and a safe place for menstruating girls, helping them to stay in school.
- The Girl Guide students focus on projects that teach entrepreneurial skills, such as the Pig Project.
- Duha's TUSUME (To Speak Out) Club 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.
School Feeding Program
- In August 2015, the Rwandan government implemented a school feeding program for secondary students. To prepare the food, REAP constructed a kitchen to help with the feeding program.
- Our Dairy Farm provides daily milk and porridge to the nursery school students, allowing them to start the day with a full stomach and the ability to concentrate.
- REAP also supports a feeding program for primary school teachers to give them energy to teach throughout the day.
- Instituted a new literacy initiative called Level Literacy Intervention provides daily English and writing instruction using a multi-sensory approach. In addition to this, a parent component is added whereby our staff visits families on a monthly basis to increase literacy at the family level and to boost parental involvement. Currently, 64 children participate in the program.
- The Saturday school provides extra instruction to students in 6th and 9th grade preparing them to pass the national exam. REAP funds and supervises this program, which has increased the overall pass rate and consequently the number of students who can go on to boarding schools; 560 students participate in the Saturday school.
- Girl's Empowerment clubs, including TUSUME; Sexual Health and Reproduction Education (SHRE); Pig Project; Girls' Guides; and the Girls' Room.
- The Art Club promotes students' life skills, arts & crafts, and character education.
- The Traditional Dance and Drumming Troupe upholds Rwandan culture and promote students’ life skills & talents while keeping them excited to go to school, reducing dropout rates.
- The Duha Peace Family Club supports 30 high-risk students with food, tuition, health insurance, and clothing till they graduate from high school.
- The English and Debate Club is a platform for students to practice English speaking and listening while acquiring critical thinking skills.
- The Garden Club gives students an opportunity to participate in creating and maintaining a vegetable garden.
- Girl Guides train girls in entrepreneurial skills, such as the Pig Project, which helps to pay for school supplies as well as food for their families.
- REAP completed a state-of-the-art basketball court where children use it during and after school.
- REAP supports the girls' handball team by providing supplies, stipends to the coach, and paying for fees to participate in competitions.
- REAP has supported the continuation of computer training for teachers as well as the use of the 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 provides high school scholarships to vulnerable students who pass Grade 6 or Grade 9 national exam. We have provided 40 scholarships to date.
- REAP will continue to give 6 scholarships each year to teacher-recommended students who have passed the national exam.
- REAP continues to expand the number of computers to students and teachers.
- All teachers receive training in multimedia technology and basic computer applications, such as PowerPoint and MS Word, to facilitate their teaching.
- REAP has partnered with the Apagie Public School in Musha to provide a leadership/mentor program for Ecole Primaire Rusisiro and the Duha school.
- REAP continues partnerships with Rollins College, The Hackley School, 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 helped support a teacher hostel, which provides a place for teachers to live.