The Rwanda Girls Initiative was founded by Shalisan "Shal" Foster and Suzanne "Soozi" Sinegal McGill, with the vision of helping children for whom education is not easily accessible.

In 2009, RGI received authorization from the Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) to open Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology (GGAST) – an upper-secondary girls’ boarding school located in Bugesera District an hour south of the capital city of Kigali. GGAST welcomed its first class of 90 girls in February, 2011.

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In 2009, the first building on the campus of Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology was the Community Center. At the same time, the farm was started. The following year, the school was completed, and students arrived.


Today the school has become part of the fabric of the Rwandan culture and economy and is focused on empowering the country’s next generation of leaders. Everyday, we have the privilege of educating and inspiring 275 dedicated and passionate young women who are the future leaders of Rwanda, Africa and the world. GGAST is committed to creating an innovative model of education that combines strong college-prep academics, along with health, social and emotional development and extracurricular programs. In all aspects of student life, we empower the girls to “find their voices” as we aim to foster leadership skills, creativity, critic thinking, problem solving, and collaboration combined with market-relevant academic and career navigation skills to ensure graduates are college and career ready.

As a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) school, our unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation has nurtured students to become leaders in the country in academic and entrepreneurial achievements that will help transform the nation, and continent by developing the next generation of scientists, social entrepreneurs, advocates and thought leaders who will bring new insights and solutions to the biggest global challenges we face.