A total of 484 girls from vulnerable families have been given a chance to undertake university studies through scholarship programme by MasterCard Foundation and the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Rwanda Chapter. Some 204 among the recipients 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 Friday 26th October 2018, The National Coordinator of FAWE Chapter Rwanda, Dr Kathy KANTENGWA, 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 “Tuseme” and Mentorship, we know you are the best students. “While exchanging with the Rector of INES I realized that we many thinks in common which will help us in the coming days” 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 become a doctor or a pilot,” she said.
During his speech Bishop Vincent Harolimana the Chancellor of INES-Ruhengeri said that “Ntimuzapfushe ubusa ingabire Imana yabahaye. Ntimugapfushe ubusa amahirwe yo kwiga muri INES-RUHENGERI mushyigikiwe na FAWE RWANDA”. He 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 the Rector, Fr. Dr Fabien Hagenimana 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 1 student at INES Ruhengeri.