When I think of education, I think of…

11 October 2017

Across Rwanda, girls can face barriers when it comes to getting an education. Many are forced to drop out of school due to poverty, teenage pregnancy, violence, lack of body confidence, and displacement, against their will.  When they return it’s a race against time to catch up. With the support of the Girl Guides, girls are finding ways to return to their school with the knowledge they won’t be left behind. Here, girls reveal what object represents education to them…

082017 Rwanda Aimee Herve Irankunda/WAGGGS

Aimee, 15, lives in a refugee camp in Rwanda. She often misses school because she can’t afford the fees, but she’s determined to do all she can to continue her education.

When I think of education, I think of… A pen. If I just have a notebook, I wouldn’t be able to use it, as I wouldn’t have a pen to write down my thoughts.

082017 Rwanda Karine Herve Irankunda/WAGGGS

Life in Karine’s community can be difficult, but the 11 year old has found hope and happiness through her Girl Guiding activities…

When I think of education, I think of… A schoolbag. Even though I can’t afford one for myself, it’s OK. Since I’ve been going to school, I’ve learnt how to read and write – I didn’t know how to do that before. 

082017 Rwanda Kevine Herve Irankunda/WAGGGS

Eight-year-old Kevine was born in Rwanda. Through Girl Guiding, she’s found the confidence to speak out in class and take part in sports – even when the games are just for boys!

When I think of education, I think of… A pencil, because it helps me to record everything the teacher says.


082017 Rwanda Nadia Herve Irankunda/WAGGGS

Nadia, 21, is studying Business Information and Technology. Nadia’s mother grew up during the genocide and wasn’t allowed to go to school, because of her ethnicity. Now, Nadia is determined to grasp every opportunity she has.

When I think of education, I think of… A butterfly. It goes hand in hand with transformation and change. When it’s a caterpillar, it eats, it nurtures itself and it stays hidden. Once it’s fed itself, it transforms into a butterfly and it can be free and fly away.


082017 Rwanda Keza Herve Irankunda/WAGGGS

Keza, 12, was forced to drop out of school to look after her siblings. When she returned, Keza was bullied by her classmates. However, Girl Guiding helped her rebuild her confidence…

When I think of education, I think of… A book. I learn lots of things from reading, while a notebook means I can record everything my teacher has taught me in the class and it helps me to remember my studies.


082017 Rwanda Pascaline Herve Irankunda/WAGGGS

Pascaline, 14, lives in a refugee camp in Rwanda. If she is forced to miss school, she works hard to catch up so she can make her parents proud…

When I think of education, I think of… A pen. I can easily borrow a paper or a notebook to write in. But without a pen, it will be useless.

082017 Rwanda Divine Herve Irankunda/WAGGGS

Divine, 12, lives in a rural community in Eastern Rwanda, where girls are at risk of violence, teenage pregnancy and sugar daddies. Through her Girl Guiding group, she’s learnt how to tackle violence, the importance of education, as well as how to become an entrepreneur

When I think of education, I think of… A notebook. Whenever I see a notebook, I always think I have to go to school!

082017 Rwanda Divine, 12 Herve Irankunda/WAGGGS

Divine, 12, attends a Girl Guiding group at her school in Kigali, Rwanda, where she’s learnt the importance of speaking out and being confident within herself…

When I think of education, I think of… A pen and a notebook. The notebook helps me record the learnings, while the pen helps me to remember what they are, as I can write them down.

To mark International Day of the Girl, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts is calling for 12 years of free, safe, quality education for every girl around the world.

About World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is the world’s only movement for every girl and any girl because we believe that each of them deserves to be the best they can be. The diverse Movement represents ten million girls and young women from 150 countries. Free to make what they want from the Movement, girls learn by doing, making friends and having fun. In safe, local spaces, girls develop the skills and attitudes to change themselves, their communities and our world. WAGGGS keeps the global Movement thriving, united and growing. www.wagggs.org

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