Pioneers graduate from girls’ science and technology academy

The first graduates from the Gashora Girls Academy for Science and Technology have completed their courses.

The upper secondary school for girls was opened in 2011, with funding from the Rwanda Girls Initiative.

Addressing the school’s first graduation ceremony, President Paul Kagame said it was gratifying to be part of the first commencement ceremony of Gashora Girls Academy for Science and Technology.

The President said: “Science and technology provide important skills to transform our country and the Government of Rwanda has placed a premium and emphasis on the development of those skills.  But as we all know, traditionally, these are areas that girls have been excluded from.

There was this myth that the domain of science and technology was created for the rustic strength of a male brain. In the last 20 years, we have done everything we could to expose this myth and to change the mindset of Rwandan society. Our guiding principle has been that never again should a Rwandan get less than they deserve or be regarded as a second-class citizen in their country.”

The President urged the graduates to work hard, act like champions and become an inspiration to others.

“As girls and as citizens of Rwanda, your prospects could not be brighter, for only the sky is the limit,” the President said.

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