Rwamagana teacher appointed to FAWE Africa General Assembly

On 10 October 2017 at 05:14

Leonne Laura Uwizihiwe, a Rwamagana-based literature teacher has been appointed to the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) General Assembly, a pan-African Non-Governmental Organisation that promotes girls’ and women’s education in sub-Saharan Africa in line with Education for All.

At 31, Uwizi hiwe is the youngest ever member to be appointed to join the assembly.

The organisation’s members include female ministers of education, university vice-chancellors, education policy-makers, researchers, gender specialists and human rights activists

Uwizihiwe, also a former student of FAWE Girls’ School, teaches at Luther School, Rwamagana.

She went through former Kigali Institute of Education, now University of Rwanda College of Education where she obtained a degree in education.

During her education journey Uwizihiwe used to advocate for promotion of girls’ education as their brothers’.

Uwizihiwe is also among founders of FAWE Rwanda organization.

Speaking to IGIHE, Uwizihiwe said that after founding the Rwanda’s organisation, they combined efforts and started to advocate for female children who had no access to education.

“We started different activities like assisting street children, advocating for female children and visiting victims of gender based violence among other activities,” she said.

Over her passion to combine all activities with teaching, Uwizihiwe was invited by FAWE Africa in a meeting that took place in Zambia on 23rd August 2017.

She says that she left a good image of the country. In the meeting, she was an interpreter in secondary school Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition organized on the sidelines of the meeting where ten countries participated.

Entering in FAWE Africa General Assembly

The mother of three says that her advocacy for women in the meeting is the reason behind being named the member of the organization at continent level.

Uwizihiwe says that she will not leave her teaching job as a career that enables her interact with Rwandan youth that she want to prioritize in advocacy.

“Indeed I was surprised but later realized that I deserve the appointment. I will work hard to represent my country because I am selected among more than 30 member countries,” she added.

Leonne Laura Uwizihiwe
Uwizihiwe participated in FAWE Africa meeting that took place in Zambia on 23rd August 2017