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Meet Shemsa, Class of 2015 Alumna

Gashora Class of 2015 alumna, Shemsa, was featured in an article by University of Nebraska.  "For Women’s History Month, we’re featuring some of our impactful female students. This week, meet Shemsa Ndahiro Iribagiza, an integrated science major from Kigali, Rwanda. Since she was young, her parents instilled that she is a strong woman. Now she’s dreaming big, helping others find their voice and feel heard, and advocating for others...." READ MORE

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Miss Rwanda 2021!

Congratulations to Gashora Girls Academy alumna, Grace Ingabire, who was crowned Miss Rwanda 2021.  Grace graduated from Bates College, majoring in dance with a concentration on globalization and philosophy.  We wish her the best on this journey. Click HERE to read more about her passion for dance.  

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University of St. Thomas Award Winner

Gashora alumna, Pascale Kunda, was recently voted this year's Tommie Award winner, a prestigious award offered once a year to a senior at the University of St. Thomas.  Pascale is currently a senior at St. Thomas studying mechanical engineering and minoring in peach engineering and is the first engineering major to receive this award.  An interview with Pascale can be read HERE.  She shares about the engineering program and her hopes for the future.  

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Best in Science!

It is the beginning of March and that means that the class of 2019's National Exam scores are in! The Gashora Girls have excelled once again with 100% passing and 40 students receiving a PERFECT SCORE! We are also proud that one of our students was The Best in Sciences and plans to become a mechanical engineer. Our students continue to break Gashora records and achieve academic success, join us in celebrating their success!

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Rwanda Science Fair

Students from Gashora Girls Academy took 2nd place at the 8th Rwanda Science Fair sponsored by the REB (Rwanda Education Board). They came in 2nd to students from Agahozo Shalom Youth Village (ASYV). We are thankful for the continuous partnership we have with ASYV. Congratulations to both teams.

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New Head of School

The Rwanda Girls Initiative Board of Directors is delighted to announce the appointment of Atete Rugege, as Head of School, succeeding Alain Munyaburanga on June 1st.

The Board of Directors and Search Committee were unanimous in the decision and belief that Atete's experience, skills and leadership style make her the ideal person to honor the culture of GGAST with an eye toward the future.

Passionate about women and girls' empowerment, Atete has over 15 years of experience working in civil society and the private sector. Serving in different capacities including working to advance access to finance for micro, small and medium sized businesses. As a team member and consultant for the International Finance Corporation (IFC)/World Bank, Atete developed programming that fostered financial sector development in Rwanda and other Sub-Saharan African countries.

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East African Debate Winners!

The 6th edition of the East African Debate Championship took place May 17-19, 2019 in Kigali. Gashora Girls Academy sent 2 all-girls teams to the competition, the only all-girls teams of the 29 schools competing. At the end of a full day of debates including 3 preliminaries, Gashora Girls Academy emerged as one of the finalists! Although they didn't take first place against Riviera High School, they came in 2nd and were amazing! Congratulations to the students at Riviera High School, another Rwandan team.

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Meet Esther

Esther Rugoli is a Junior majoring in Agricultural Biotechnology at Washington State University. Her interest lies in plant breeding, and her long-term goals are to make an impact on traditional farming in Rwanda so that the farmers will have a chance to have access to new varieties that are higher yielding to ensure food security. At WSU she has been exposed to outside classroom experiences

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Happy World Poetry Day
Gashora Girls Academy student, Mazimpaka Christelle, defines writing as a tool that can be used by Africans to reach their success. Christelle writes to express herself and believes that science becomes more useful when combined with the reality of life. She appreciates that fact that although she is at a STEM school, GGAST encourages students to find their passions and their voice as part of the whole-girl education. She recently wrote a poem shared below.
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Microsoft Education Exchange 2018

Board Member, Kimberly Mecham, and Gashora Girls Academy, Benjamin Kuradusenge, had the privilege of attending the invite only, Microsoft Education Exchange conference in Singapore. The educators invited were chosen from a pool of 8,000 applicants. Singapore was chosen as the host country due to its highly regarded education system.

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Alumna Named as African Representative!

Rusa Divine was recently named as the Regional Advisor for Africa at the International Federation of Medical Student Association (IFMSA). The IFMSA is the largest student led organization in the world where medical students around the world meet to discuss, learn and grow. For the next year, Rusa will be heading the African department, working with internationals from the 5 world regions, in work with Sexual and Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS (SCORA).

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2017 African Debate Champions!

Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology were the winners of the 2017 African Debate Championship, held in Uganda this year! This is a competition normally dominated by boys.

The team of three won the championship, with Natasha Teta Semwaga receiving the Best Speaker award, Nikitah Isabella winning the 3rd best speaker award, and Sylvie Mahoro Wairimu took home the best country speaker award.

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13 girls Honored at Promotion of Girls Education Campaign

Congratulations to the 13 girls who were honored at the Promotion of Girls Education Campaign. The First Lady told community members that we must "ensure girls not only attend school but also find confidence to realize that they are secondary to none, but rather fairly compete with their male counterparts."

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Pictured with the First Lady is Gashora S4 student, Khadidja.

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On the evening of November 18, 2016, Angela, Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology Class of 2015, and Harvard University freshman, gave the following speech at the Rwanda Girls Initiative annual event.

Good evening,

Earlier this year, I was speaking with one of my Rwandan friends. He had recently learned that I got into college and was curious to know how I got into such a "prestigious" university as Harvard.

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