AFRICA’S FUTURE, ONE RWANDAN STUDENT AT A TIME
ETSK is a rural boarding high school set on one Rwanda’s thousand hills, above a beautiful lake, just a one-hour drive from Kigali, the capital of Rwanda – a country that many believe to be the future development model for all of Africa.
This private vocational high school educates up to 350 motivated boys and girls, teaching the skills necessary to find a job or progress to a university on a government scholarship. Specialties include CONSTRUCTION, COMPUTER SCIENCE, AND CULINARY ARTS.
In 1968, an Italian-trained, German priest named Father Hermann Schultz started a village for homeless children in Musha, Rwanda. In his own words:
I discovered the locals were both illiterate and jobless. When I asked what I could do to help them, they answered that they wanted a place to be educated and learn a trade. So that’s what I gave them – starting with the Youth Village in 1968 and progressing to a separate vocational high school in 2008.
Completely destroyed during the Rwandan genocide, he rebuilt the village even bigger and, at its peak, housed and fed over 1000 displaced children. Then, with extensive donations from friends in Italy, Germany, and Lithuania, Father Hermann started what is now the ETSK Technical High School in 2008, with the big idea of providing job skills.
AN IMPORTANT MISSION
ETSK’s mission is to support Rwanda’s growth and to continue Father Hermann’s vision in one of the poorest areas of Rwanda, by educating young people in the skills necessary for 100% of them to find a job or enroll in university.
Our new educational challenge is to become a top trade school in Rwanda, with an emphasis on English proficiency and “self-learning,” so that our students can self-adapt to a rapidly modernizing Rwandan and African economy. We are currently rated by the Rwandan Government to be #6 out of 97 technical high schools in Rwanda. Our next goal is to be in the in the top three.
A FABULOUS OPPORTUNITY
To Educate For The Future
It takes a team to build a great school. The base is already there: a competent teaching staff, a motivated administration, and an impressive physical plant. A new Committee for Education Expansion is now organizing the technological innovation to propel the school to be among the best in Rwanda. The Committee is run by two successful American entrepreneurs, an Italian surgeon with 30 years’ experience working in Africa, and an Italian psychologist.
BECOME A PARTNER
DONATE MONEY OR YOUR TIME
We’ve already made impressive strides in 2017 and 2018 (see “Education Expansion” section) and are looking for partners to help us drive our future. Diverse teams deliver better outcomes.
You can help by funding student scholarships at $720 each (or whatever you can afford) – or volunteer teaching English or a skill or a trade. Even better, come to visit to see if you would like to be part of this challenge. (We have comfortable guest facilities and very good food for a $35/day donation.)
We promise you won’t ever regret joining the ETSK team. Together we WILL accomplish our goals.