A total of 416 girls from vulnerable families have been given a chance to undertake university studies at INES-Ruhengeri through scholarship programme by MasterCard Foundation and the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Rwanda Chapter. First cohort in academic year 2017-2018 were 28, second cohort in academic year 2018-2919 were 174 and this academic year 214 girls have been admitted to study at INES-Ruhengeri, Institute of Applied Sciences.
Speaking at the awarding ceremony that took place at INES-Ruhengeri premises on this Saturday 16th November 2019, The National Coordinator of FAWE Chapter Rwanda, Antonia Mutoro, stressed that the scholarship programme seeks to empower bright girls from disadvantaged households.
“You have to study hard not only for your life but also for remaining in the scholarship program” she said to the students, she added that the students were well trained through different programs like Mentorship; we know you are the best students. “You are selected among millions of girls, you are lucky and use this opportunity for your future and for your country” she added
She said that the beneficiaries of the scholarships will have to study science related subjects to defy the odds from past misconception on a girl’s abilities in life as well as in the country’s development.
“Historically in our country, girls were not guaranteed equal opportunities as their brothers and it even became worse when it came to studying science subjects, people couldn’t, for instance, believe that a girl can study hard sciences,” she said.
During his speech Vice Chancellor of INES-Ruhengeri, Fr. Dr Fabien Hagenimana thanked FAWE Rwanda and MasterCard foundation for their good imitative and support to the young people who are the future of our country.
The presentation of Vice Chancellor of INES-Ruhengeri, explained the orientation of INES as Institute of applied Sciences and what have done so far in this new orientation in the region. He also explained the effort made in teaching and research based on the best infrastructure like laboratories INES has.
The scholarship programme covers tuition, accommodation and subsistence allowances.
Girls selected to benefit from the programme welcomed the development stressing that they have been greatly encouraged to prepare a future of their own and be in a better position to work towards the country’s development.
“I was worried of my future since my parents couldn’t afford to pay for my university education. This, therefore, is a golden opportunity for me and it will obviously shape a better future for me,” said Mariam Umutesi, Level II student at INES Ruhengeri.