Astronaut Leadership: Rwanda

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  • Why Rwanda?

    Rwanda is remembered for the horrific atrocities of the 1994 genocide during which an eighth of the population perished. However since that time it has followed a miraculous path of almost uninterrupted peace and reconciliation that has led to Rwanda becoming one of Africa’s most enlightened countries and an example of how to develop a cohesive community from the ruins of civil war.

    Although there is some desperate poverty in Rwanda there is a stable platform upon which to develop recovery and reconstruction.

    Rwanda is the home of great wildlife parks and the world famous gorilla tracking in the Volcanoes National Park.

    The gap bet ‘Gender Gap Index’ ranked Rwanda as 7th in the world for bridging the gap between women and men’s opportunities and rights.

    As the number of pupils in school has risen the quality of the teaching has reduced in Rwanda.

    There is a great need to develop literacy and numeracy skills and counter the high levels of youth unemployment.

    A major challenge for Rwanda is that almost two thirds of its rural population, over 6 million people, live in poverty and have low life expectancies.




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