19 March 2019

Young volunteers curbing school dropout in Rwanda

NGORORERO, Rwanda - Since the beginning of 2019, just 160 young volunteers in Rwanda have re-enrolled over 1,200 children in school.  This is the  Tugane Ishuri  volunteer initiative.  Tugane Ishuri – or “let’s go to school” in the local language Kinyarwanda – builds on Rwanda’s strong culture of solidarity and community cooperation to engage…, DENISE MUREKATETE, At just 21 years old, Denise became a UNICEF volunteer with  Tugane Ishuri  to advocate for the importance of education among families in her community. Denise sees herself as a public spokeswoman, helping families face their challenges. "Volunteering builds a positive reputation for an individual in society, and it can help the country to achieve…, JACQUES MUVANDIMWE, Jacques is 25 and lives in Rwanda’s Ngororero District. He chose to become a volunteer with  Tugane Ishuri  to help families who were suffering. "There are families where the children have dropped out of school, and as a volunteer I can approach these families and maybe make a difference in their lives," he says. "If I can do this, the work will…, VESTINE UWIMANIRINZE  , 23-year-old Vestine became a volunteer to help the large number of street children living in her neighbourhood. As a volunteer, she believes it is her responsibility to teach these children and their parents about the importance of education. "It really helps the community, even if I do not see direct benefit myself," says Vestine.  "I would feel…, THEOPHILE MASENGESHO, At 24 years old, Theophile believes that volunteering is important because it gives him an opportunity to transfer his knowledge and skills to another person. In this case, the children he is encouraging to re-enroll in school. As a volunteer in his community, Theophile plans to work hand-in-hand with local leaders on how to approach the dropout…, THERESE MUSENGIMANA, 24-year-old Therese believes that all parents need to understand how crucial it is for their children to complete school. She knows that school opens opportunities for a child’s future and keeps them away from harmful activities such as drug abuse. “I have met children who have lost hope, thinking they cannot achieve anything because their…