On December 7, 2012 the U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda, Donald Koran, swore in a team of 32 Peace Corps education volunteers at the US Ambassador’s residence, in Kigali, Gasabo district, Kacyiru.
The volunteers who have already been deployed in various schools across the country will during their two–year length of stay commit themselves to the development and promotion of quality education In Rwanda.
The ceremony was presided over by the Peace Corps Country Director Steve Miller, along with a Ministry of Education representative and other high ranking officials.
According to Koran, the volunteers have been in the country for three months learning more about the country, culture and language.
He added that the team will not only focus on teaching students, but also train teachers.
Peace Corps was invited to return to Rwanda for the first time since the 1994 genocide by President Paul Kagame, and the agreement between the governments of the United States and the Republic of Rwanda was signed on July 18, 2008.
“Since the implementation of this initiative, a good number of about 300 volunteers have served Rwanda and so far, this is the eighth group of Peace Corps volunteers that will operate in the country since 1994,” Miller said.
The first group of volunteers arrived in Rwanda on January 29, 2009. Other Peace Corps Volunteers in Rwanda work in the health sector, with the vast majority working in rural health centers throughout the country.
Koran said that this whole initiative is one of the indicators of the good relations Rwanda enjoys with the United States.
The deputy director general at Rwanda Education Board in charge of teacher development and management, Damien Ntaganzwa said the initiative will effectively contribute or supplement government efforts to further promote education.
“This will not only help students, but the initiative to engage teachers in trainings is also part of the government`s agenda in line with building capacity so that, Rwandan teachers carry out their work effectively,” He observed.
With the addition of this group of 32 education volunteers, there are now a total of 111 Peace Corps Volunteers working across Rwanda.