TEACH Rwanda is a new nonprofit organization dedicated to partnering with educators, government officials, and families in Rwanda to provide engaging educational opportunities for young children. We invite you to explore our website to discover more about our vision, why we began, who we are, and how you can join our leadership team to empower teachers and families in Rwanda.
How We Began
Cindy Grieshaber and Jan Brown, cofounders of TEACH Rwanda, share several years of experience working with nonprofit educational organizations in Rwanda—as well as backgrounds in early childhood education. Both women recognized a unique opportunity to form TEACH Rwanda in February 2012. Their dream is to establish model schools in Rwanda that implement international best practices. These schools also serve as lab schools for TEACH Rwanda to provide teacher education in early childhood development. We are collaborating with the Rwandan government and a variety of NGOs in the country who share a focus on young children and their families.
Our first TEACH Rwanda model school is located in Gitarama, Muhanga, South Province, Rwanda. Louise Batamuriza, a Rwandan teacher who studied international best practices in early childhood education in the United States in November 2011, established Bright School in January 2012. The school now has two classrooms and four teachers, serving 80 children, ages 3 to 6, in morning and afternoon programs. These classrooms were equipped by, and salaries are paid through, generous donations to TEACH Rwanda.
Just as Louise had the opportunity to come to the U.S. to enhance her professional development, TEACH Rwanda hopes to provide resources for more teachers to study best educational practices in Rwanda. Those who show exceptional talent will be encouraged to come to the U.S. for further university studies and observation experiences in early childhood education.
TEACH Rwanda expects to form partnerships with colleges and universities in the US and Rwanda that are interested is sharing their knowledge about best practices with teachers.