The First Lady, Madam Jeannette Kagame has awarded girls that excelled in academic performance during Primary 6 ,Ordinary Level and Advanced Level National Exams known as ‘nk’Inkubito z’Icyeza’ and tasked them to avoid premature pregnancies but, rather, concentrate on education.
The ceremony was held yesterday in Mayange sector of Bugesera district as the annual campaign on girls’ education came to an end.
During the event, 85 girls from 10 districts were awarded for outstanding performance during 2016 National Exams.
Madam Jeannette Kagame launched the campaign encouraging girls education since 2005 through the organization she established ‘Imbuto Foundation’. Parents and local leaders are strongly urged to support girls’ education to enhance good performance.
First Lady explained that commendable achievements have been registered since the campaign was launched 12 years ago including the increase of girls’ success in national exams. Girls success in P6 exams stood at 39.5% in 2005 while the percentage rose to 55% in 2016.
She however explained that some challenges to girl education remain especially seduction of young girls by older men that get them into premature pregnancies putting their Lives and that of their babies at risk.
“I want you to become your sisters’ keeper. If you know a colleague fellow who abandoned school please let us know and we get them back to school. Inform leaders to protect your colleagues from human trafficking among other challenges you might encounter,” she said.
First Lady urged young girls to work hard, become goal oriented and request support where necessary.
‘Inkubito z’Icyeza’ lauded the campaign supporting girl-child education and the act of handing awards to excellent performers calling it a beginning of hope to better future.
Uwimbabazi Bonifrida,one of the girls awarded from Gicumbi district explained that she received the award for the third time which has encouraged her to make her dreams come true.
Awarding excellence for high fly performance in national exams was held between 26th and 28th March 2017 in five districts. A total of 33 girls were awarded in Rubavu district, 42 in Muhanga, 24 in Nyamasheke, 43 in Nyaruguru and 85 in Bugesera district.
202 girls from Primary School and Ordinary Level were awarded along with 25 having successfully completed Advanced Level.
More than 4,438 girls have been awarded over the past 12 years.
Ordinary Level girls are awarded with school materials and receive Rwf 20,000 to embrace the culture of saving while those completing Advanced Level receive laptops and three weeks training in ICT.