Staff

Administration

Atete Rugege

Head of School

Passionate about women and girls, Atete has over 15 years’ experience working in civil society and the private sector in different capacities including managing a Micro Finance Institution that worked to advance access to finance for micro, small and medium sized businesses. She has also been part of a program team and consulted for projects of the International Finance Corporation (IFC)/World Bank, fostering financial sector development in Rwanda and other Sub Saharan African countries.

It was during her years at the Micro Finance Institution that Atete first came face to face with the difficulties women were facing to access affordable finance to meet the personal and business financing needs. It was in her most recent role as Country Manager of New Faces New Voices (NFNV) Rwanda, an organization that focuses on the economic empowerment of women that she got a chance to build on her desire to contribute to gender equality by successfully developing projects, raising funds and implementing projects that have impacted over a 1,000 women and girls. She brings her experience and commitment to empowering girls and women to Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology.

Mr. Theophile Habiyambere

Deputy Head of School, Gashora Girls Academy
Math & Physics

Before joining GGAST, Theophile was a Director of Academics at Kagarama Secondary School in Kigali City. He previously served as a Mathematics teacher since 2008 in different schools. From 2010 to 2015, Theophile worked with SMASSE-RWANDA project where his responsibilities included strengthening mathematics and science in secondary education; a project that was sponsored by Japan International Cooperation Agency in collaboration with Rwanda Ministry of Education. Theophile's priorities are to improving the teaching and learning of mathematics and science using technology and project-based Learning. His experience in hiring and mentoring new teachers has also helped the school to register tremendous success.

Theophile has a bachelor’s degree in Science with Education from Kigali Institute of Education. He also holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Rwanda-College of Education where He specialized in Trends and Methods of teaching mathematics. He lives in Kigali with his wife and two kids.

Mr. John Nejman

Dean of University Counselling and Placement, Gashora Girls Academy
Languages, GP & ICT, General Paper

John graduated from Duke University in 2006 with a B.S. in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and received a North Carolina teaching license in 7-12 Science.He began his teaching career at Northern High School in Durham, NC and then accepted a position at Konawaena Middle School in Kealakekua, Hawaii. He then taught Chemistry at the Pennington School in New Jersey and Chemistry and AP Physics at the American School of Brasilia in Brazil before arriving in Rwanda in January 2011, as one of the founding faculty members of Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology (GGAST).

He brought with him extensive coaching, advising and teaching experience at public, boarding and international schools. John was the first Physics teacher and also served as Head Basketball Coach at GGAST from 2011-2015, leading the team to five straight Bugesera District titles. In January 2014, he became the Director of University of Counseling. Under John’s leadership, the university preparation and placement program at GGAST has become one of the most successful in all of Africa. In each year since John took over, the number of students enrolling in universities outside of Rwanda has increased significantly. John believes that university preparation begins when students arrive in Senior 4. He advises all 270 girls so that they can prepare for standardized tests like the ACT and SAT, become involved in leadership positions, community service and extracurricular activities, and achieve academic excellence in the classroom all while supporting and working together with their sisters in Gashora. John now teaches English, ACT and SAT prep classes, focusing on problem solving, critical reading and writing skills.He also coordinates university visits to Rwanda and has developed close relationships with universities around the world. John believes that each girl at GGAST will find the best possible post-secondary educational opportunity and the right match for herself. He works closely with each student and their families throughout the application process, and once admitted, he continues to support their preparation for their education and life after GGAST. He loves teaching and working with Gashora Girls; he is the only member of the founding faculty that is still working at GGAST.

He lives with his wife, Bekah Mwebaze, who operates a farm in Bugesera District, and their daughter, Tiana Keza, in Gashora Village and plans to work as an educator in Rwanda for the remainder of his career, helping students access higher educational opportunities so that they can gain the knowledge and skills needed to impact the development of Rwanda.

Alaine Uwambaye

Dean of Operations and External Affairs, Gashora Girls Academy

Alaine joins RGI with a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Rwanda and a diploma in accounting.She was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and moved to Rwanda after the genocide. From her experience living in these war-torn countries, Alaine understands first-hand how vulnerable women and young girls are. As part of a new generation fortunate enough to go to school and earn a degree, Alaine is a passionate advocate for education, and is devoted to the empowerment of women and girls. Being with RGI is not only a job but an opportunity to fulfill a moral duty. Alaine lives in Kigali with her husband and three children.

Teachers and Staff

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Ms. Catherine Abuko Ecoku

Languages, GP & ICT

Catherine joined GGAST in September 2017. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree of Arts with Education from Kyambogo University- Kampala majoring in English and Literature. Before joining Gashora Girls Academy, she was at the Sunrise School. Catherine is thrilled to be part of the GGAST team and believes it is the team spirit, over whelming concern for anyone with a challenge and solutions that are provided that makes Gashora stand out. Catherine enjoys cooking, reading and watching comedy. She is also passionate about interior designing and greatly appreciate the work of art and innovators. Her inspiration comes from a quote from Maya Angelo, “people will forget what you said to them, people will forget what you did to them, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. She believes it’s more satisfying to make a positive impact on someone’s life and her passion is for girls’ education.

Elvanie Batamuriza

Alumnae Department

Elvanie is a GGAST graduate from the class of 2013. While at Gashora, she studied Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science (MPC). Upon graduation from GGAST she enrolled at Adventist University of Central Africa (AUCA) where she pursued Networks and Communication Systems and was privileged to work while studying. Her working experience enabled her to acquire skills such as communication, problem solving, team work and organization all which she applies in her service support the GGAST Alumnae Program. She is a strong believer in the idea that it is never too early to start exploring and preparing for future careers. In her role, she supports students as they explore their interests to find internships in their desired fields. Through internships, students are exposed to the world of work and are equipped with multiple skills necessary for one to thrive professionally as well as allowing them to choose career paths wisely.

Mr. James Bayingana

Biology & Chemistry

James has taught biology at GGAST since 2016, joining us with eight years of teaching experience. He is a Rwandan by nationality and has a degree (Hons) in Biology with education from Kigali Institute of Education (KIE). He taught Biology at Kayonza Morden Secondary School located in Rwamagana district and thereafter, he has continued teaching the same subject at Kagitumba High School from 2012 up to 2015, a school located in the Nyagatare district.

Mr. Theophile Habiyambere

Math & Physics

Before joining GGAST, Theophile was a Director of Academics at Kagarama Secondary School in Kigali City. He previously served as a Mathematics teacher since 2008 in different schools. From 2010 to 2015, Theophile worked with SMASSE-RWANDA project where his responsibilities included strengthening mathematics and science in secondary education; a project that was sponsored by Japan International Cooperation Agency in collaboration with Rwanda Ministry of Education. Theophile's priorities are to improving the teaching and learning of mathematics and science using technology and project-based Learning. His experience in hiring and mentoring new teachers has also helped the school to register tremendous success.

Theophile has a bachelor’s degree in Science with Education from Kigali Institute of Education. He also holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Rwanda-College of Education where He specialized in Trends and Methods of teaching mathematics. He lives in Kigali with his wife and two kids.

Mr. Jean Pierre Hategekimana

Biology & Chemistry

Jean Pierre is a Rwandan citizen, 39 years old, married and father of three children. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from National University of Rwanda. He fluently speaks Kinyarwanda, Swahili, French and English. He has 14 years of experience teaching Biology. Since 2003 he has participated in many trainings and so gathered many certificates in the teaching carrier. In addition to this he acted as Biology Laboratory Technician, Supervisor in Biology Practical Examination and Team leader in National Examination Marking. His work experience endowed him with skills to identify and consolidate students talents; mobilize students in undertaking intellectual activities; promote the culture of reading; increase the use of theoretical background into everyday life context; train both students and teachers on making cheap didactic material or teaching aid from their closer environment to alleviate abstraction; organize, monitor and evaluate students in their scientific clubs among others.

Mr. Rogers Kalungi

Social Sciences

Rogers joined the staff of GGAST in January of 2015 as a teacher of Economics and Entrepreneurship. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Arts with Education from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. He began teaching in 2009 at Martyrs Secondary School in Kigali City. After that he went on to teach at ESSNA Nyarugunga Secondary School before teaching at Lycee de Kigali. Rogers has also served as a Head of Economics, Team Leader in the marking of National Examinations and an advisor and clubs’ patron. Rogers ha had the chance to be exposed to the best teaching-learning environment and methodology where students are put at the center of it all. His hobbies include reading, especially articles on current affairs, soccer, writing and long walking.

Mr. William Bosco Kiraga

Math & Physics

Bosco grew up as a lover of science and took the ambitious side of designing cars, airplanes and constructing houses, little did he know that he was developing architectural skills in physics and mathematics. He carried on this profound zeal to face grueling tasks in Physics at the university level, earning a Bachelor of Science with Education. He has been teaching Physics since 2011, and is so glad to be a scientists and work with students as they meet their own turbulence in achieving their dreams.

Mr. Benjamin Kuradusenge

Languages, GP & ICT

Benjamin joined Gashora Girls Academy in May 2014. Before joining Gashora, he was a teacher of computer science for five years. He participated in the development of the National Curriculum for Computer Science in 2010. As a Professional in Information Systems and Management, he also serves as the Robotics club mentor. Benjamin likes working with learners especially in programming to find global issues solutions.

Ms. Naomie Kwizera

Naomie serves as the school nurse and a matron at GGAST, joining us in March 2017. She started her nursing career in 2004 and has worked in different health centers such as Nyamugari , Mareba , Gihundwe and Mont Cyangugu. Naomie has a degree with honors in nursing from Institut Superieur Technique, Commerciale et Economique de Bukavu.

Naomie is also a mentor for Kaza Fashion Agency Club which has different activities like modeling.

Mr. Mathias Lwasa

Social Sciences

Matthias is an entrepreneurship teacher with ten years’ experience. He has taught in many East African Countries and was one the people who developed the Competency-Based Curriculum currently being used in Rwandan schools today. He served as a national examiner and national trainer of the competency-based curriculum. Many young folks that come across him are being inspired for his passion of doing business. He is currently writing an entrepreneurship book for advanced level. He loves travelling and swimming.

Ms. Thamar Miwemukiza

Thamar graduated in 2014 from University of Rwanda, College of Science and Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Biology ( Botany and Conservation). She is currently doing her post-graduate studies in Education in the College of Education/University of Rwanda from where she will graduate with a postgraduate diploma in Education.

Thamar started working at GGAST in May 2015 as a matron and traditional dance coach. In this role, Thamar is responsible for the wellbeing of 275 girls in this high school. She also deals with their discipline and participates in developing their confidence. She is passionate about culture, Arts and dance. In addition to that, she is now in charge of environment and cleanliness. She also mentors arts club and volunteers as a lab technician assistant in Biology-chemistry Lab.

Before joining GGAST, Thamar has been working as a traditional dance coach at ET Saint KIZITO SAVE since 2012 up to 2014 and worked as a Para surveyor in National Land Center in 2010. Since 2011 she is a member of INYAMIBWA traditional dance troupe which is one of top 3 best national traditional dance groups.

Mr. Robert Muhwezi

Social Sciences

Robert is an Entrepreneurship Teacher at Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology since 2016. He is also a coach/mentor of GGAST volleyball varsity team. Robert was born in Ntungamo district, Western province, Uganda. He started his studies from Uganda from Primary one to senior five. He later went to Rwanda for his senior six where he completed his advanced level. After obtaining his advanced level certificate, he was admitted to University of Rwanda, College of Education where he graduated with bachelor’s degree in Education. After graduation, Robert started teaching at Kagarama secondary school and after one year he joined GGAST.

Robert enjoys engaging the students in debate and helping them present clear arguments and think critiically. He is interested in generating business ideas with students and making Entrepreneurship more practical.

Mr. Jean Damascene Musonera

Biology & Chemistry

Jean Damascene joined Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology in January 2017. He holds a bachelor’s Degree of Science with Education that he obtained in 2008 from the University of Rwanda, College of Education (former Kigali Institute of Education). He also has a Master’s Degree of Business Administration in International Business from Amity University.

He is an experienced teacher of Chemistry for ten years. Before joining GGAST ee was a teacher at Kagarama Secondary School, in Kigali City. He has undergone various training and workshop that helped him develop skills of teaching of chemistry specifically and his teaching profession in general. A few examples are: Chemistry workshop organized by the Rwandan Ministry of Education facilitated by a team of members from the Royal Society of Chemistry on ‘basic skills about both volumetric and qualitative analysis in inorganic and organic qualitative analysis.’; participated in different workshops for the national curriculum review as a Chemistry specialist. The curriculum review was about shifting from Knowledge-based to Competency based curriculum; he attended the SMASSE (Strengthening Mathematics and Sciences in Secondary Education) Rwanda project phase II and III training, organized by MINEDUC in collaboration with JICA (Japan International Corporation Agency). He is passionate about education because he believes that it is the most powerful weapon in the battle of developing any society in the world. He lives in Kigali with his wife and two daughters.

Mr. Bernard Muwanguzi

Math & Physics

Bernard Kizito Lutaaya teaches mathematics at GGAST, joining in 2017. He holds a bachelors`of science with education from Makerere University, and a diploma in telecommunication engineering from Uganda Institute of Information and Communication Technology (UICT), plus Cisco Certified Network Associate. Bernard began teaching in 2010 at Luigi Giussani High School in Kampala teaching mathematics and physics. He believes working at GGAST has been a teremendous experience that has helped him grow as a person and a teacher. His teaching philosophy is very simple, believing that students do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

Mr. John Nejman

Languages, GP & ICT, General Paper

John graduated from Duke University in 2006 with a B.S. in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and received a North Carolina teaching license in 7-12 Science.He began his teaching career at Northern High School in Durham, NC and then accepted a position at Konawaena Middle School in Kealakekua, Hawaii. He then taught Chemistry at the Pennington School in New Jersey and Chemistry and AP Physics at the American School of Brasilia in Brazil before arriving in Rwanda in January 2011, as one of the founding faculty members of Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology (GGAST).

He brought with him extensive coaching, advising and teaching experience at public, boarding and international schools. John was the first Physics teacher and also served as Head Basketball Coach at GGAST from 2011-2015, leading the team to five straight Bugesera District titles. In January 2014, he became the Director of University of Counseling. Under John’s leadership, the university preparation and placement program at GGAST has become one of the most successful in all of Africa. In each year since John took over, the number of students enrolling in universities outside of Rwanda has increased significantly. John believes that university preparation begins when students arrive in Senior 4. He advises all 270 girls so that they can prepare for standardized tests like the ACT and SAT, become involved in leadership positions, community service and extracurricular activities, and achieve academic excellence in the classroom all while supporting and working together with their sisters in Gashora. John now teaches English, ACT and SAT prep classes, focusing on problem solving, critical reading and writing skills.He also coordinates university visits to Rwanda and has developed close relationships with universities around the world. John believes that each girl at GGAST will find the best possible post-secondary educational opportunity and the right match for herself. He works closely with each student and their families throughout the application process, and once admitted, he continues to support their preparation for their education and life after GGAST. He loves teaching and working with Gashora Girls; he is the only member of the founding faculty that is still working at GGAST.

He lives with his wife, Bekah Mwebaze, who operates a farm in Bugesera District, and their daughter, Tiana Keza, in Gashora Village and plans to work as an educator in Rwanda for the remainder of his career, helping students access higher educational opportunities so that they can gain the knowledge and skills needed to impact the development of Rwanda.

Olive Niyizigihe

Farm

Olive is a 2013 graduate from GGAST. While at Gashora she studied Physics, Chemistry and Biology (PCB). After graduation she attended the University of Rwanda, where she studied at the College of Agriculture and Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine. Olive earned her bachelor degree in Crop Production. Olive is currently serving as the Value Added Center Manager at Gashora Girls Academy farm. In this role she ensures production of peanut butter, juices, roasted groundnut and the marketing of the mentioned products. She also assists in production of farm crops and she is focusing on how to improve food security in the school.

Mr. Jean Claude Nsengimana

Biology & Chemistry

Jean Claude Nsengimana joined GGAST as a chemistry teacher in January 2017. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Chemistry from National University of Rwanda, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) from University of Rwanda, College of Education. In 2012, he began teaching Chemistry at G.S. Ndago in Nyaruguru District and after two years, he went to teach at Ecole Notre Dame de la Providence de Karubanda (ENDPK), an excellent girls school located in Huye District. Jean Claude is a chemistry teacher by profession; He is passionate about girls’ education because he believes that if you educate a girl, you educate a country. From 2012 he has been selected by Rwanda Education Board as one of the National Examiners in Chemistry subject. Jean Claude is married, and he lives with his wife and their daughter.

Mr. Anastase Nshimiryayo

Math & Physics

Mr. NSHIMIRYAYO ANASTASE has been a Senior Six Mathematics teacher since January 2017. Anastase has a Bachelor of Science with Education from University of Rwanda, College of Education. He has taught mathematics from 2012 -2015 in a variety of schools such as, Nyagatare Secondary School, Kayonza Modern Secondary School, and Wellspring Academy, an International School located in Gasabo district, Kigali City. He participated in designing the new curriculum of mathematics (Competence Based Curriculum). Anastase is married and has one son.

Mr. Osbert Nuwahereza

Math & Physics

Osbert is originally from Ntungamo Uganda, a science teacher with progressive carrier in the field of physics and mathematics. He attended Mbarara University of Science and Technology from 2009-2012 where he graduated with Bachelor of Science in Education (PHYSICS & MATHEMATICS). After completing his course in 2012, he worked with Kagamba (in Uganda) and then from there, in 2013, he joined LYCEE DE KIGALI. He joined GGAST in 2016 where he is currently serving as a Physics teacher and Head of department (PHY-MATHS) During this course Osbert has had many trainings that have enhanced his career. He was trained as a District master trainer of Nyarugenge District and after he joined Rwanda Education Board (REB) in the final stages of developing Competence Based Curriculum with REB. He also participated in the evaluation of Teaching and learning materials (PHYSICS) with REB from 2015-2018.Osbert also got a chance of being considered among the few in Rwanda to write Physics textbooks that are in line with competence based curriculum by REB.

Among others, Osbert like playing football, talking with with people, art, scientific exploration and theatre.

Ms. Giselle Tunga

Support Staff

Gisele joined GGAST in 2011 as a school nurse and administrative assistant. She holds a bachelor's degree in Economics and Social Sciences from Kigali Independent University (ULK). Before joining GGAST, she worked as an advisor to the orphanages. Her responsibilities at GGAST include but not limited to:

Working on the enrollment process, school fees, organizing various trips for students, and communication with parents. She also is a mentor for two clubs, Dear Doctor Rwanda and Tutoring Club while working closely with the Dean of Students in promoting whole girl education. Gisele believes in the empowerment and education of girls’ everywhere!