Nyiragongo’s eruption on 22nd May 2021 has had severe effects to Rubavu district located in the neighborhood of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) whereby constant tremors damaged people’s properties and infrastructure in the town and its environs.
The incident pushed officials to suspend schools temporarily and sent students home while some residents from Gisenyi, Rugerero, Rubavu and Busasamana fled to neighboring districts awaiting the situation to normalize.
Among others, five boarding schools were relocated.
The mayor of Rubavu district has told IGIHE that schools have resumed as relevant officials continue to collaborate with head teachers to ensure everything goes smoothly.
“Relocated schools have resumed studies. There are five schools that were relocated while others saw students going back home. They have today returned to school,” he said.
Habyarimana urged students, head teachers and teachers to stay at ease noting that volcanologists predicted no further tremors.
“We want them to stay in comfort, resume studies and work hard. Relevant authorities are making possible efforts to ensure that schools run operations smoothly,” he said.
Daniel Ndagijimana, the head teacher of Kingdom Salomon School has said that some students have not yet returned adding that they will continue mobilizing parents to send them.
Students in boarding schools returned to school on Sunday 30th May 2021 while day-students with families that fled to other parts of the country have not yet returned.