In an effort to promote girls’ education, Imbuto Foundation, under the leadership of the First Lady Jeannette Kagame, yesterday rewarded 68 girls who performed exceptionally well during last year’s national exams in both primary and secondary sections.
The event recognized best performing girls in the districts of Musanze, Nyabihu and Rubavu.
“As we celebrate the international women’s day, the event of rewarding best performing girls is one of the strategies we use to promote the campaign of supporting girls’ education,” the First Lady said.
Mrs. Kagame acknowledged the support Imbuto Foundation gets from its partners, including, UNICEF, The Ministry of Education, the National Examination Council, Rwanda Development Board and Tumba College of Technology among others.
“It is evident that the number of girls in school is increasing and they are studying subjects that were previously male-dominated,” the she observed.
Approximately 2,470 girls have been rewarded since the programme began.
Primary and lower secondary girls are given gift packs that contain bags, books, calculators, mathematical sets, pens, watches, and pocket money.
Those in senior 6 girls get laptops and computer training.
At the same ceremony, seven Guardian Angels (Malaika Mulinzi) were also rewarded for showing remarkable compassion and selflessness, by adopting, protecting and caring for vulnerable children.
“We appreciate what the Guardian Angels are doing to implement the campaign ‘treat every child as your own,” explained Mrs. Kagame
She also noted that it’s not only about acting as guardians to homeless but also encouraging other people to fight child abuse.
Since 2007, Imbuto Foundation has rewarded a total of 155 guardian angels.