Back 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. Washing clothes and collecting water on the outskirts of Kigali.Umuganda 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.
A tea plantation. Tea is a major crop in Rwanda.Large expanses of the country are covered in equatorial rain-forest. The view from our balcony, overlooking Lake Kivu towards the Congo.Our hotel.Deep-fried fish. Miss Prichard insisted the heads were removed!
Kenneth Neza’s local church. We attended a two-and-a-half hour service.A view of a side-street in Kamembe.Kamembe High Street.Football is a national obsession.The fishermen would go out onto the lake overnight, and in the morning we were woken by their singing as they returned.Girls and boys at Muhali Primary School.A classroom at Muhali Primary School.We visited a rice factory. Rice grown in Rwanda and is the staple food.Hot springs near the Burundi border.St Matthew’s School – the senior school seen from the primary school.A busy primary classs at St Matthew’s. Kenneth Neza and one of the school grandmothers who has taken in many children orphaned by the genocide in the civil war.The IT suite.The school cow provided the milk. The cow was supplied by the local authority as a reward for good results.Jonathan, the bishop’s son, seconded to work at the school for a year.Cooking school meals.The rabbit is used as a reward for good behaviour, and children are allowed to take him home.A science experiment on plant growth.Building school toilets.A game of football with the dormitory for the girl boarders in the background.Kenneth and his wife, Juliet, a teacher at the primary school.Senior school pupils.The school nursery.Classroom displays. We visited another school situated on an island. The school bell, made from a discarded car wheel.The discipline office.School kitchens.