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A reading revolution in Rwanda


ldephonse is a Reading Club leader in Rwanda.

We organised two weeks of training for him with Save the Children through our Let’s Read programme. That was three years ago – he still runs the reading club in their village today.

Who is Ildephonse + why does he do it?

After he started training, Ildephonse noticed the challenges. When it was raining or too hot it was too difficult for the children to be to read or learn outside.

He decided to do something about it, and built an annex on to the side of his house himself, so that children would always have somewhere to read.

Ildephonse, Reading Club Leader pictured inside the reading club, Gicumbi District, Rwanda.

Ildephonse, Reading Club Leader pictured inside the reading club, Gicumbi District, Rwanda.

Ildephonse is always creating – the reading club is filled with handmade signs and toys, from TVs to mobile phones, glasses and instruments.

He's really passionate about his work and wants to leave a legacy for not just his village, but the entire country.

 

Ildephonse completed the two week training in 2016 along with 34 others from the region.

He started implementing his training immediately, working with thecommunity to teach families the importance of sending their children to the reading club.

The club runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays but the room that Ildephonse built is always available for children to come and read.

During the four year Let’s Read project, we were able to train local partners who then trained local communities.

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