Education is one among the main pillars (Evangelism, Education, Socio-Economic Development, and Health, caring both the body and the heart) on which the Anglican Church of Rwanda has been focusing its activities. The reason why the above-mentioned Church is a good partner of the Government in different socio-developmental activities, especially education.
In the pillar of Education, the Anglican Church of Rwanda, Butare Diocese, set up many schools on different levels. Since the Church has grown up, it extended its mission and Butare Diocese gave birth to new Dioceses such as Kigeme, Shyogwe, and Cyangugu. In this regard, different activities including schools, health centers/hospital… have been locating in the three new Dioceses.
Although, Butare Diocese currently has twenty (20) schools of different levels: thirteen (13) primary schools; three (3) schools of Nine Years Basic Education; one (1) school of Twelve Years Basic Education; two (2) high schools of boarding that have both Ordinary and Advanced Levels; and one (1) Vocational Training Center (VTC).
Those schools are located in four Districts where Butare Diocese operates (Huye, Gisagara, Nyanza & Nyaru-guru). Each primary school has also a preschool (nursery level) and there are some parishes having preschools (nurseries) apart from those located in primary schools.
Those parishes are Kinkanga, Nyanza, Kibinja, Nkamatira, Mbagabaga, Muzenga and Gikonko. They have more than 500 children in this year of 2018.
Butare Diocese is still making efforts in education by starting the new contextual schools which are needed today and continues to extend the Mubumbano VTC, supporting the existing schools as well.
The 1st graduation in VTC Mubumbano, on the 27th July 2016.
Soon after the Genocide against Tutsi in 1994, Butare Diocese has been supporting many children from poor families and orphans in their education in secondary schools. The provided support consists of school fees and student materials through different diocesan supporting programmes like PAFO Programme d’Assistance aux Familles et aux Orphelins) in partnership with German partners, since 1996 to date, and Raise of Hope in partnership with Church friends from a Sister Church in England. From its beginning till today, PAFO supports 200 children every year, that means more than 4,400 children were supported up to this year 2018. The support changed the lives of those children, and their respective families, making an impact on communities.
Some of the students being supported through PAFO project when they were visited at school by the diocesan partners.
Likewise, the Diocese supports other children from poor families and orphans, and this is done from nursery, primary and University through its projects implemented in partnership with Compassion
International in Rwanda. More than 2,000 children have been supported in seven projects and the Diocese expects to increase this number progressively.
Some children, being supported through Compassion projects, celebrating Christmas.
Moreover, the Diocese has been making efforts in finding a scholarship at a high level for developing the capacity for Leaders of various Church Ministry sectors; up to date may have been supported to study either in Rwanda or abroad for Master and Ph.D. levels, and this is an ongoing process.
To coordinate all the above activities, the diocesan Leadership has established an Education and Youth coordination department.
Starting a Diocesan Education Fund (DEF)
The Diocesan Council (C.D.) held on the 28th July and the Synod held on the 29th July 2015 and the Protestant Council of Rwanda (C.P.R), its department in charge of education (BNEP), in its meeting held in Kigali, at EMLR Gikondo, from the 20th to 21st September 2016, in its resolutions, confirmed the establishment of an Education Fund in all C.P.R Church members to support the education activities.
Since education is an ongoing activity, the Diocesan Education Fund has a purpose of supporting the Diocese in its educational activities as mentioned above.
Specifically, this Fund has the following objectives:
1.Doing an emergency intervention to subsidized/conventional schools which can unexpectedly, at any time, meet a circumstantial problem like a disaster as it happened in Gikonko secondary school in 2011, when the Diocese carried out a rapid intervention;
2.Supporting the Diocese in its activities to pay for school fees and providing school materials to children from poor families and orphans;
3.Supporting the Diocese in its program of supporting the existing schools and creating the new ones;
4.Supporting the Department in charge of Education in coordinating the educational activities (such as rewarding the excellent schools in succeeding the national examinations and showing innovation, providing training, education week…).
Contribution of Schools in the Diocesan Education Fund (DEF)
To support the Diocese in its educational activities aforementioned, the Diocesan Council and Synod confirmed that all diocesan partners in education are required to give a regular contribution.
In particular, teacher and the parents who have children in the subsidized/conventional schools are required to give their contribution once every year as follow:
-A teacher in primary will give: 2,000 RWF;
-A teacher in V.T.C who gets a salary under one hundred thousand will give: 3,000 RWF, while the one who gets a salary from one hundred thousand and up will give: 5,000 RWF;
-A teacher of secondary who gets a salary on the qualification of A1 will give: 3,000 RWF, while the one who gets a salary on the qualification of A0 will give: 5,000 RWF;
-A Head Teacher of primary will give: 4 ,000 RWF
-A Principal of V.T.C will give: 7,000 RWF;
-A Head Teacher of secondary will give: 10,000 RWF;
-A student of nursery and primary will give: 100 RWF;
-A student of V.T.C will give: 150 RWF (that means 50 RWF per term);
-A student of secondary will give: 300 RWF (that means 100 RWF per term);
-Other workers in the school who are not mentioned on this list, each one will give: 1,000 RWF.
Everyone who will give his / her contribution will be given a reset by the Head Teacher / Principal. This one will put an amount collected on the Account number: 4009200467640, named: EAR DIOCESE BUTARE, located in the: Equity Bank. The Head Teacher / Principal is responsible for this activity; He / She is requested to do the follow-up, sensitization, and to make sure that the contributions are given on time and deposited on the account above. The deadline for every school to do this and to submit the bank reset (bordereau) in the office in charge of education in the Diocese is due on the 30th September every year.