Project information

Scholarship Fund

Supporting the development of high quality primary education in Rwanda, the Scholarship Fund not only ensures fully inclusive access to Umubano Primary School in Kigali, but contributes to the development of projects crucial to Rwanda's achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: A Partner In Education

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  • Need


    In Rwanda, there is a determination to move forward from the genocide of 1994 as a successful and cohesive society. The Government recognises the key role of education in this progress, and has developed an ambitious education strategy in line with Sustainable Development Goal 4: to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and to promote lifelong learning. However, without the resources to implement such transformation, the education community is struggling to make this goal a reality.


    The Scholarship Fund supports the work at APIE's low-cost pilot education model, developing best practice in the Rwandan context. Not only does it ensure we can maintain our promise that no child is left at the school gates, but it supports the development of four key projects - ICT, Education for Peace, Special Educational Needs and Early Childhood Education - in support of our aim of developing a sustainable and replicable model of high quality education in Rwanda, in line with SDG4.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To ensure the continued education of the poorest children in the school district.


    » By providing full scholarships, inclusive of uniforms, resources and additional learning support, where needed.

    What success will look like

    Success is demonstrated through the continued intake of scholarship students, as well as in the increase in percentage of students on full scholarships.

    Aim 2

    To ensure that every child has the tools and support to succeed.


    » By providing school-wide teacher training on special needs, differentiation and inclusion.
    » By ensuring the school continually benefits from the presence, support and training of a dedicated special needs teacher.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated through full inclusion at UPS, and the personal and educational development - and attainment - of students with additional learning needs.

    Aim 3

    To share best practice as widely as possible for the benefit of every child in Rwanda.


    » Develop and implement ICT training, both within and outside of the school.
    » Develop training programmes for both trainee educators and in-service teachers at local government schools.
    » Continue the development and implementation of a robust and replicable model of Education for Peace.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the continued development of best practice, and further research, trialling and implementation of effective and innovative methods of sharing what we have learned.

  • Impact


    The Scholarship Fund will bring about two key long term changes. First, it will ensure that all children within 30 minutes walk of the school, regardless of background or circumstance, have the opportunity to access high quality education. Secondly, it will support the ongoing work at Umubano Primary School, providing the resources and training needed to continually develop best practice in primary education in the Rwandan setting, and equip the school with the tools to share this widely.


    The main risk faced by this project would not be reaching the target amount, putting financial pressure on the project in our commitment to provide free education for the scholarship students already enrolled, as well as jeopardising our intention to have 20% of the school's population on full scholarships by 2019. Similarly, without the additional funds supporting the development of the other projects at the school, our aim of sharing best practice will be slowed.


    We report to donors through monthly newsletters in which we document the development of the project. In addition, we will make our annual reports available online, and send updates detailing the successes of the school made possible by donors contributions.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,960 Scholarships Funds to continue the support of students on full scholarships.
      £17,040 Project Development These funds will go directly to supporting the development of high quality educational programmes.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Scholarship Fund £5,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project is located in the Kicukiro District of Kigali, Rwanda. The area is mixed in terms of socio-economic distribution; UPS operates a low fee paying model, with those who cannot afford the fees eligible for scholarships. Of the current students enrolled, 15% are currently scholarship students. Rwanda is still recovering from the impact of the devastating genocide in 1994, and as such, key systems, such as education, are still being developed to meet the governments aspirations.


    The 36 scholarship students currently enrolled; the remaining 202 students, who will benefit from the increase in educational quality; the 16 teaching staff, who will directly benefit from the ongoing CPD; the local community, through engagement with the school as a local hub providing education and support on a consultative basis; and the wider Rwandan education community, from the sharing of best practice and the delivery of training.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Present in Rwanda since 2009, APIE is well placed to deliver our aims and mission. We are small and therefore agile, able to trial best practice at micro-level to determine its applicability in this context. We have built many partnerships with other organisations on the ground, and the development of this model is supported by the Government. In addition, UPS was recently ranked 3rd (out of 215 primary schools) in the Kigali City district, demonstrating the effectiveness of our methods.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jean De Dieu Dusingize

    Jean de Dieu is the Headteacher at UPS, responsible for maintaining the quality of education and managing the scholarship programme.

    Rachel Duncan

    Based at UPS, Rachel is APIE's Lead Practitioner, responsible for teacher training and the continued development of best practice.

    Amy Barnecutt

    Amy is the Rwanda Country Director, responsible for developing APIE's partnerships on the ground, whilst ensuring continued support to UPS.