RWANDA: School expands to meet needs
Don Bosco Nursery and Primary School to accommodate more children
(MissionNewswire) Don Bosco Nursery and Primary School, located in the neighborhood of Kimihurura in Kigali, Rwanda, is undergoing an expansion to accommodate more children and provide increased quality education. The school will offer six classrooms, a spacious library, a computer lab and bathrooms.
The request for the expansion came from the parents. The school is relatively small and more parents would like to send their children there. The renovation is expected to be completed as children return to school this month.
At the conclusion of the 2023 academic year, Father Jean Bosco Ntirenganya, director of the Institute of Apostolic Formation of Kimihurura, stated that the expansion is part of the sustainable vision plan of the Salesian administration in this region.
Fr. Ntirenganya explained, “Aside from the knowledge that the children gain at Don Bosco Nursery and Primary School, we have accomplished many things. Our school has undergone a transformation from its original Kimihurura Nursery School, with significant improvements and additional efforts that have brought us to where we are today.”
He continued, “We also sought an official registration and received an official approval from the National Examination and School Inspection Authority last year, allowing us to operate as an accredited school. This is certainly an achievement worth celebrating.”
The school expansion project is being supported by the Salesians of Don Bosco in the Africa Great Lakes Province with the financial support from Opera Don Bosco Foundation in Milan, Italy.
“We appreciate the good management of this school led by the Sister Director and her assistants, and we also thank the parents for the good cooperation shown to us,” said Fr. Ntirenganya. “We are able to achieve so much with parent support. If we continue to work together we will achieve all of our dreams for this school and the children.”
After bravely overcoming the trauma of the 1994 genocide, Rwandans looking to transform their country have made remarkable progress. Still, much remains to be done. Close to 39% of Rwandans live in poverty, according to the World Bank. Rwanda is a rural, agrarian country with about 35% of the population engaged in subsistence agriculture with some mineral and agro-processing. Many of the country’s orphaned children are the tragic result of a violent civil war. Half of all children drop out of primary school and 2.2 million people — 22% of the population — face critical food shortages.
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