Rwanda’s Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) in partnership with the USAID Rwanda will distribute 10 million Kinyarwanda books with the objective of building the Kinyarwanda reading skills among school children across the country.
The books are being distributed through USAID’s Soma Umenye Project whose goal is to improve the leading abilities of at least one million students.
The mass distribution of these books was launched on Friday, 29th June 2018 at G.S Karenge in Rwamagana District of the Eastern Province.
GS Karenge is one of many schools nationwide that benefit from USAID’s early Grade literacy support for Primary and P1-P3 students.
The US Ambassador to Rwanda Peter Vrooman said “10 million books will be given to schools and students in Rwanda in coming years”
The three USAID-funded early grade reading programs are Itegure Gusoma which target nursery schools, Soma Umenye for P1 to P3 students and Mureke Dusome which is a community project that’s part of MINEDUC and USAID strategy to establish and support a culture of reading throughout Rwanda.
Rwanda’s Minister of Education, Dr. Eugene Mutimura told media that “About 75 million US Dollars will be spent on this program.”
The three Complementary programs use text books to empower students in order to have advanced reading skills.
As part of the launch, Ambassador Vrooman officially handed over to the Minister a first-edition copy of a new P 1 level textbook created by Rwanda Education Board, in partnership with USAID, which will be distributed to all public school students in Rwanda in the Coming weeks.
The US and Government of Rwanda enjoy good relationships in various sectors which include education and Agriculture among others.