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Miss Prichard’s visit to Rwanda

IMG_3675Back in 2013 we had a visit from Kenneth Neza- the Headteacher at St Matthew’s School in Kemembe in Rwanda, with whom our school has a partnership.  This time it was our turn, and Paula Prichard flew to Kigali and then onwards by road (7 hours) to Kemembe with two other teachers from Tower Hamlets to spend a week finding out about education in Rwanda and sharing ideas. IMG_3360Washing clothes and collecting water on the outskirts of Kigali.IMG_3364Umuganda mandatory community service for ages 18- 65 on the last Saturday of each month.  On this day all businesses and shops close and people are required to clean streets, repair public facilities and buildings.  This builds community cohesion between ethnicities and backgrounds.


IMG_3366 IMG_3370A water butt used for every day hand washing.IMG_3376St Paul’s Cathedral in Butare, the “Oxford” of Rwanda.IMG_3388Prisoners doing hard labour on the roadside.IMG_3392A camp for refugees from the war in the Congo.


IMG_3412A tea plantation.  Tea is a major crop in Rwanda.IMG_3402Large expanses of the country are covered in equatorial rain-forest. IMG_3429The view from our balcony, overlooking Lake Kivu towards the Congo.IMG_3430Our hotel.IMG_3433Deep-fried fish.  Miss Prichard insisted the heads were removed!

IMG_3436Kenneth Neza’s local church.  We attended a two-and-a-half hour service.IMG_3448A view of a side-street in Kamembe.IMG_3453Kamembe High Street.IMG_3455Football is a national obsession.IMG_3481The fishermen would go out onto the lake overnight, and in the morning we were woken by their singing as they returned.IMG_3486Girls and boys at Muhali Primary School.IMG_3497A classroom at Muhali Primary School.IMG_3519We visited a rice factory. Rice grown in Rwanda and is the staple food.IMG_3533Hot springs near the Burundi border.IMG_3576St Matthew’s School  – the senior school seen from the primary school.IMG_3584A busy primary classs at St Matthew’s.IMG_3591 IMG_3604 IMG_3607 IMG_3622 IMG_3625 IMG_3628Kenneth Neza and one of the school grandmothers who has taken in many children orphaned by the genocide in the civil war.IMG_3629The IT suite.IMG_3632The school cow provided the milk.  The cow was supplied by the local authority as a reward for good results.IMG_3635Jonathan, the bishop’s son, seconded to work at the school for a year.IMG_3638Cooking school meals.IMG_3641The rabbit is used as a reward for good behaviour, and children are allowed to take him home.IMG_3642A science experiment on plant growth.IMG_3643Building school toilets.IMG_3649A game of football with the dormitory for the girl boarders in the background.IMG_3651Kenneth and his wife, Juliet, a teacher at the primary school.IMG_3653Senior school pupils.IMG_3660The school nursery.IMG_3661Classroom displays.IMG_3672 IMG_3675We visited another school situated on an island.IMG_3680 IMG_3685The school bell, made from a discarded car wheel.IMG_3688The discipline office.IMG_3690School kitchens.

TIMG_3694 IMG_3725Mist over the rain-forest.IMG_3752A mass grave from the genocide near Murambi.IMG_3763 IMG_3775

IMG_3795A banana plantation.IMG_3825

The digital revolution hits Rwanda!IMG_3840 IMG_3848Construction work in Kigali.IMG_3856Kigali Football Stadium.IMG_3880IMG_3856 IMG_3880

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