10456779_10154279135450154_5569744153449241410_nRwanda School System
Rwandan secondary school is split into lower secondary (senior 1, 2, and 3) and upper secondary (senior 4, 5, and 6). Education is free for primary and lower secondary school. However, while approximately 33% of girls attend Lower Secondary School[1], only around 8 % of young women attend Upper Secondary School[2] due to both the expense and societal expectations for girls. As such, we focus on young women in Senior 4-6, funding their tuition and all indirect costs.

Scholar Selection
After passing her lower secondary exams, a committee of local officials considers a potential Komera Canada Scholar’s economic vulnerability. We pick the girls who absolutely would not be able to attend secondary school without our help. Once they join the program, Scholars are expected to maintain certain grades or they will be excused from the program.

Why Boarding School?10347508_10154279135775154_5111043533335715346_n
Komera Canada Scholars attend boarding school because day school proved to be an ineffective option. Most girls had to care for their family before and after school, meaning their school day was dramatically shortened and they had no time for homework. Plus, walking to school is dangerous. In addition to the danger of rape or abduction, older men known as “sugar daddies” try to bribe girls on the road into being their girlfriends.

Social Entrepreneurship Training 
In November 2012, Komera Canada’s sister organization, Komera, partnered with Global Grassroots to launch The Girls Academy for Social Change to provide the scholars with social entrepreneurship training during their annual two-month vacation. In small groups they learned how to chose a problem in their community to solve, make a business plan and budget, and implement their strategies. One group worked to get street children back into primary school and another created a sexual and reproductive health workshop for women. This training aims to enable the Scholars to identify issues in their own lives, families, and communities and feel empowered to create change.

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Facts about Girls’ Education


Girls with secondary education are 6 times less likely to be married as children.

International Center for Research on Women, 2006.


If all girls had a secondary education, there would be two-thirds fewer child marriages.

EFA Global Monitoring Report, 2012.


A literate mother has a 50% higher chance that her child will survive past the age of 5.

UNESCO, 2011.

[1] Ministry of Education’s Educational Statistical Yearbook, p 18/Thematic Report on Population p 19

[2] Ministry of Education’s Educational Statistical Yearbook, p 18/Thematic Report on Population p 19