On 14th October 2021 from 9:00am, the high school students of Touoh Gakkan Junior & High School in Japan and at Umuco Mwiza School in Kigali will meet in a video call to share ideas on their schools and differences in learning. This is an initiative that was initiated by NPO “Think About Education in Rwanda” in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Rwanda Office. It will also be a time to distribute stationaries sent from Touoh Gakkan Junior & High School in Japan as gifts to fellow Rwandan students at Umuco Mwiza School in Kigali.
Japanese high school students collected the stationaries from public, in order to support the learning of students in developing countries. The students decided to send some of the material collected after having the opportunity to talk with Ms. Marie Louise Towari, the founder of the above NPO, who will be handing over the donation to Rwandan students. As students will be talking face to face in a videoconference, simultaneously, officials will hand over the school stationaries for the primary school students at Umuco Mwiza School in Kigali.
“Think About Education in Rwanda” was founded in Fukushima-Japan in 2000 by Rwandese lady who was committed to improve child education and health in Rwanda after the Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994. The vision is contributing to peace and development of Rwanda through promotion of child education and health, aiming (1) to achieve the good welfare of the population especially schooling children, (2) to improve the quality of education in Rwanda, and (3) to innovate adapted solutions to newly identified needs towards good education and health.
These stationaries donated by Japanese high school students will be used by the students of Umuco Mwiza School for academic purposes. In addition, JICA Rwanda Office has been sending volunteers to help with the teaching and administration, a move which has been stopped by COVID 19 but is in the process of resumption.