Genocide in 1994 in which nearly 1 million Tutsis were killed. The country is still reconciling this tragedy, with gentle and forgiving hearts, yet still quietly hurting.
Secondary schools require fees that are difficult to afford so many children do not exceed 6th grade level. If students are sent, often it is the boys who are able over the girls who help mothers at home or simply are the ones taking care of the home in absence of a mother. This being the case, you will find a majority of the teachers in Rwanda to be male. Many of the schools are private schools run by religious institutions funded by donations from abroad.
Rwanda has one common language of Kinyarwanda. As a former Belgian colony, many of the schools are taught in French as well as their native language, however, a directive has been recently instituted to teach and learn solely in English. Since many of the teachers are not completely fluent in English, this will be a major factor and opportunity to help in the mentorship.
Only some 40% of primary school graduates go on to take any form of secondary education.
The northern part of Uganda in the GULU district is where many have suffered at the hands of the LRA – Lord’s Resistance Army, as this rebel army abducts children to become child soldiers. The atrocities are too horrific and numerous to recount – please look up the initiative of Invisible Children online for more information.
Uganda contains over 40 different tribal languages but since it was a former English colony, English is more widely spoken and many of the schools have been or are now taught in English. There is still an opportunity to help the teachers in Uganda with their English as well. We have observed a larger number of women teaching in Uganda and the ratio is more gender equal in our profession.