"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela

DREAMING BIG AT INZOZI ACADEMY!

Nearly 40% of children between the ages of 3 and 6 globally are not participating in Early Childhood Education. In sub-Saharan Africa, this figure rises to over 70%! (Source: UNICEF & WORLD BANK) Inzozi Academy has been our dream for more than 7 years! Our hope is to provide a quality holistic learning environment where disadvantaged children can receive an excellent education. This not only builds dignity in the child, but also equips them to be vibrant members of their community as adults and effectively reduces the number of families living in poverty.        

In September 2022 we opened Inzozi Academy. Inzozi is the ikinyarwanda word for dream. We believe that all children have God given dreams and part of our job as educators is to help children recognize the dreams and talents God has given them, nurture those dreams and talents, and then equip them to chase their dreams. With few assets we opted to begin our Preschool in a rented facility. It was a great start, but our dream is to have our own facility where we are able to scale the school and reach more of the community. 

After much consideration we believe it is time to fully commit to chasing our own dream and that taking steps to build our own school is the next on the agenda for Hagari. This will greatly increase the impact we are able to have on Hagari supported students and the community around us. 

September 2023 began Inzozi Academy’s second year and the expansion to include Primary 1. Our plan is to increase by at least 1 class each subsequent year. With 4 classes this school year we have a Direct Impact of 75 students (up from 46 last year), and an indirect impact with 320 or more, as we work closely with the parents of our students and this impact trickles down to our student’s siblings as well.

Recently, we began construction on Inzozi Academy. It is a very exciting time for us and we are so thankful to have gotten enough funding to get this process underway! In order to get accreditation and have students on our campus next school year, we have to have a minimum of 6 classrooms, an office, kitchen, dining and toilets. We are calling this Phase 1 and Phase 2. The entire plan would give us 18 classrooms, offices for school and Hagari staff, a library, playground, kitchen, dining, gym and soccer field. But that will all come in due time!

This Giving Tuesday’s goal to raise $150,000 would cover the costs to complete construction of Phase 1 and 2. And in case you missed the big announcement we have a matching donation of up to $75,000. That means we really only need to raise another $75,000 to meet this goal!!

Providing a quality education that focuses on developing the mind, body and soul of the child is possibly the greatest avenue in which to change a Nation. 45% of Rwandans are under the age of 18. If we want to want to make a lasting change in the youth and therefore in the future of Rwanda, there is no better time than NOW!