The Rwanda School Project

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Meet the Founder, Robin Strickler

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I started as a middle school music teacher, got an MA in Linguistics, spent time in personnel management and taught English in a Japanese university for eight years: just the right resume for founding a high school in Rwanda! People often ask me “How did you decide to come to Rwanda and start a school?” The simple answer is that I married my husband John, a Rwandan Lutheran pastor who was born in exile in Tanzania. He was offered a slim reed of opportunity to get a secondary education, which made an enormous difference in his life. What he has done with that education is impressive. That and my own two very different experiences in two high schools convinced me that quality education is very much a “game-changer”. Rwanda is in the midst of a very serious change: from grinding poverty, war and genocide to a successful and purposeful nation: we are one aspect of that change.