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Mussa Uwitonze

Supporting special educational needs teaching in Rwanda

In Rwanda many schools lack the training or understanding to support those with physical or intellectual impairments. Only 2% of children with a disability are estimated to be in education.

We're working to change this. For the past three years, the 'INSPIRED' project has worked to:

  • Encourage the use of inclusive learner-centred methods to improve the quality of teaching and learning at primary level
  • Support the development of effective school leadership
  • Promote the rights of people with disabilities
  • Ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in Rwanda’s development processes.
Alphonsine teaching Alice how to read a book using signs in Rwanda Mussa Uwitonze

Alice, 8, with teacher Alphonsine Musabyemariya at Ngwino Nawe, the village for children with disabilities. Alphonsine is teaching Alice how to read a book using sign language. 

Key achievements

Civil society partners, representing people with disabilities, are able to participate and engage in policy dialogue in education, health and poverty reduction.

  • A new national Rwanda Sign Language dictionary is being produced, which will enable the recognition of sign language as an additional language in Rwanda.
  • 16,000 people with disabilities and their families have benefited from community visits during which their needs were recorded and later presented to local authorities.
  • 4 local partners have developed models of good practices for the care and education of children with disabilities.

It’s very helpful having volunteers come and help us in Ngwino Nawe. When one volunteer comes to our country, they help something like twenty teachers to perform better. That brings a real improvement into these children's lives.

Alphonsine Musabyemariya, special needs teacher, Ngwino Nawe, Rwanda

Jo Doyne volunteered in Rwanda supporting training of special needs teachers Mussa Uwitonze

"I found the classrooms amazingly decorated with lovely new visual aids. The teachers explained that even though I was away, they continued to run sessions amongst themselves to plan their lessons. That’s when I could tell I was doing a good job."


Volunteer Jo Doyne worked to help train special needs teachers in Rwanda

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Please consider making a donation, or joining us as a volunteer or partner to help us bring equal access to quality education for girls and boys.

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