The beautiful country of Rwanda, known as “The Land of a Thousand Hills,” is a vibrant, resilient, and inspiring nation that is working tirelessly to develop a new legacy and create a new path for future generations.
No longer is Rwanda a country associated primarily with its tragic past. It is becoming known as a place of hope, reconciliation, and vision. The transformation of education is critical to this process, and to ensuring a bright and secure future for Rwanda’s children.
The belief that this kind of transformation is truly possible is where our story begins.
BUILDING THE WELLSPRING ACADEMY
THE ACADEMY OPENS ITS DOORS
MOVING BEYOND ONE SCHOOL
DEVELOPING A UNIQUE APPROACH
equipping not only teachers and leaders, but also parents and communities—became our signature School Development Program (SDP). In partnership with a global expert who volunteered her time and expertise, a small-scale pilot of the SDP began in 2008, first in 3 privately-run schools and then in 7 public schools. This pilot project allowed us to begin meaningfully addressing the quality of teaching and learning in the country’s public schools. From the start, as our team of local Rwandan educators walked alongside teachers and leaders, coaching, mentoring, and measuring progress, we focused on sustainability and culture change in each school, ensuring that the positive change experienced would last.
LEARNING AND SHARING
THE LAKE2LAKE RIDE FOR RWANDA
EXPANDING INTO AN ENTIRE DISTRICT
THE WELLSPRING GALA
MAPPING OUT THE ROAD AHEAD
CASTING A VISION FOR QUALITY EDUCATION
Later that year, our focus on partnership also led to a deepening engagement with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), and we were honoured to host ACSI’s two day Rwanda Summit, where we joined with other educators to learn more about the development of a quality Christian values-based education in the African context.
RACHEL’S RIDE FOR RWANDA
INVESTING IN ABUNDANT LEADERSHIP
BEGINNING A NEW JOURNEY
opportunity to expand our work into a whole new region of Rwanda. We embarked on a partnership with the Association of Baptist Churches in Rwanda (AEBR), which saw us provide support to 22 AEBR-run schools in Rwanda’s Western Province. We ran training modules that equipped leaders and teachers in these schools with the tools to provide quality education for their students. This partnership was the beginning of Wellspring’s involvement in the Western Province, and the start of a journey that now sees our work impacting thousands of children in one particular district: Rubavu.