The Chinese embassy in Kigali and Imbuto Foundation signed an education agreement to highlight the importance of secondary education among youths in Rwanda.
The agreement was signed between the Chinese Ambassador to Rwanda Shen Yongxiang, and Radegonde Ndejuru, the director-general of Imbuto Foundation in Kigali on December 18, 2013.
The deal is aimed at enabling the Embassy of China provide scholarship support to the tune of $32,400 to benefit 108 disadvantaged students over the year 2014.
According to the statement funds will be channeled through the China-Africa People-to-People Friendship Action launched by the People’s Republic of China to promote cooperation and exchanges between non-governmental organisations, women and youth from China and Africa.
Launched in 2003, Imbuto Foundation’s Scholarship Project provides financial support to bright but disadvantaged students who fail to pursue secondary school education due to the lack of tuition.
The initiative supports an average of 1,000 beneficiaries with school fees, health insurance, uniforms and scholastics.
An estimated 5,862 scholarships have been awarded since 2005. Sponsors range from banks and private sector companies to individuals, NGOs and now, partner countries.
The Scholarship Project is in line with Imbuto Foundation’s vision of a society with a prosperous, educated and healthy population, which echoes the country’s long-term development aspirations in Vision 2020.
The project selects within a pool of poor students enrolled in public schools who obtain an average of at least 70 per cent in their grades, with boys and girls having equal chance to benefit.
The project has a side component, focusing on the reintegration of a small group of adolescent girls and young women who have dropped out of school and wish to resume their secondary level education.
The agreement follows a visit by former Ambassador Shu Zhan, of China in Rwanda on January 3, 2013, aimed at showing that China and Rwanda are working together to improve several sectors including education.
The Chinese Government has also offered many scholarships to Rwandan students in different fields.
During the Academic Year 2011-2012, 35 students were admitted to study in China.
These followed the footsteps of many other Rwandese students who went in China in previous years.
Two schools were built in the Sino-African Cooperation programme: one in Gatsibo, Eastern Province with 300 students and another one in Rulindo, Northern Province, reserved for girls‟ education in Rwanda.