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Pupils of Biharagu Primary School.
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Church Injects 50,000 Euros in Rural Primary Schools
by Grace Mugabe
 
RWANDA 060131-1
January 31, 2006

[L'Eglise Episcopal au Rwanda - Rwanda] An amount of 50,000 Euros, equivalent to over 33,450,000 Rwandan francs, has been injected in Biharagu and Maranyondo primary schools in the rural areas of Bugesera district by the Episcopal Church of Rwanda’s Diocese of Kigali.

This was revealed by the coordinator of the Holland Tear Fund Project, Wim Goenendyk, to journalists on 30th January while visiting schools in the district.

Goenendyk said in an interview with me: “The Tear Fund Project – which channels its funds through the Episcopal Church of Rwanda, Diocese of Kigali – commenced in 2003 in an attempt to strengthen the education of young children in Rwanda after the 1994 mayhem which left many children helpless.”

“Right now,” he continued, “the schools have over 2000 pupils from different villages of Bugesera. The project has so far put up many classroom buildings in the area as well as staff quarters and water facilities.”

He noted that the project was put in the area by the church in a bid to help the education of rural children as envisaged in the government’s Vision 2020.

On his part, the director of Biharagu Primary School, Theoneste Serubibi, told the press his school has stuck to the government’s educational curriculum as stipulated in the country’s educational program.

“I thank the Anglican church of Rwanda for putting up good schools in the area,” he said. “This contributes to societal development. We hope and believe that Bugesera children will get a better education despite the present challenges of famine and poverty.”

According to recent reports, Bugesera region has been hit by a severe drought. It has caused some deaths and has disrupted the growing of food crops in the area as well, forcing inhabitants to flee to other places in search for food.