In 2013 BFSS awarded a grant to Rwanda Aid of £30,000 (of which £24,814 was drawn down) towards the construction of four classrooms and a toilet block at the School at Nyabigoma in South West Rwanda. The School is situated in the remote and hilly sector of Bweyeye in the District of Rusizi, one of the worst performing Districts in Rwanda. It had only three overcrowded classrooms for the first six years of primary school and wholly inadequate toilets with no hand-washing facility.
As Rwanda Aid’s final report records, the new classrooms and toilet block were completed in Autumn 2013 to a good standard and well under budget. The 321 children on roll are benefiting from a much improved learning environment and toilet and hand-washing facilities. Numbers and standards are expected to improve steadily. As a result of this latest investment, the Rwandan Ministry of Education has declared Nyabigoma a “nine year school” whereas before it only catered for primary levels 1 to 6. A new, more highly qualified Headteacher has been appointed along with two further graduate teachers, all funded by the Ministry of Education. The Government is committed to building further classroom accommodation and bringing electricity to the School. Rwanda Aid is now in the process of agreeing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Rwanda Education Board setting out a plan to work together to develop a trained cadre of Rwandan teacher mentors. The CEO of Rwanda Aid has commented: “The fact that we have been able to help with classroom building with the support of BFSS has been a huge help in promoting our mission to support teacher/mentor training in Rwanda.”