Who We Are

Reading is the cornerstone of academic success, and engaging pupils in reading may be one of the most effective ways to leverage social change. If children leave primary school with a strong foundation of literacy skills, they will be ready for a lifetime of reading and learning that will furnish the knowledge and inspiration they need to further improve their economic competitiveness, health, civic engagement and quality of life.

In an effort to develop and foster such a culture of reading among children and adults throughout Rwanda, the Ministry of Education through the Rwanda Education Board and in cooperation with the development partners launched the Rwanda Reads initiative in July 2012. To date, Rwanda Reads has about 90 members from 70 organizations.

The habit of reading can play a significant role in achieving the objectives of the Government of Rwanda’s Vision 2020 by empowering the citizens of Rwanda to independently seek and access print materials. Also aimed at improving literacy and language outcomes among students, Rwanda Reads is fully in line with the Education Sector Strategic Plan (2013/14-2017) which explicitly outlines priorities and policy actions targeting the acquisition of literacy skills among Rwandan primary and secondary school students.

Rwanda Reads seeks to support, facilitate, and promote efforts to create literate citizens of Rwanda more capable of influencing their own individual achievement, economic growth, and better health - all of which will contribute to the overall development and prosperity of the country. By investing in the readers of today, Rwanda Reads supports the leaders of tomorrow.

What We Do

• Maintaining a webpage that highlights and promotes activities that encourage literacy in schools, homes, and the community at-large
• Facilitating the coordination of stakeholder activities so that 1) efforts are complemented rather than duplicated and 2) stakeholders can learn from each other and capitalize on what is working well
• Facilitating networking among stakeholders in the education sector and industry to support supply and demand of books ;
• Identifying, fostering, and promoting initiatives that target the production, distribution and use of reading materials ;
• Providing a forum for open dialogue on successes and challenges as well as sharing of best practices ;
• Supporting campaigns and other initiatives that promote reading.

Celebration of International Literacy Day 2017!

September 8th marks International Literacy Day 2017 and Rwanda will join the rest of the World in celebrating this important event, at Kigali Convention Centre.

International Literacy Day aims to remind the international community that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning.  The event, coordinated by Rwanda Reads, will also mark the official launch of National Literacy Month; four weeks of activity throughout the country that aim to raise awareness of literacy as a powerful tool for life and means for individuals to contribute to Rwanda’s National ambitions.

Led by the Ministry of Education through Rwanda Education Board (REB), this year’s event is co-supported by MINISPOC, where Adult Literacy is a significant focus of activity.  The US Ambassador will attend the event, for the official launch of Andika Rwanda 2017, a national writing competition. September 8th marks International Literacy Day 2017 and Rwanda will join the rest of the World in celebrating this important event, at Kigali Convention Centre.

International Literacy Day aims to remind the international community that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning.  The event, coordinated by Rwamda Reads, will also mark the official launch of National Literacy Month; four weeks of activity throughout the country that aim to raise awareness of literacy as a powerful tool for life and means for individuals to contribute to Rwanda’s National ambitions.

Led by the Ministry of Education through Rwanda Education Board (REB), this year’s event is co-supported by MINISPOC, where Adult Literacy is a significant focus of activity.  The US Ambassador will attend the event, for the official launch of Andika Rwanda 2017, a national writing competition.

Celebration of International Literacy Day 2017!

September 8th marks International Literacy Day 2017 and Rwanda will join the rest of the World in celebrating this important event, at Kigali Convention Centre.
International Literacy Day aims to remind the international community that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning.  The event, coordinated by Rwanda Reads, will also mark the official launch of National Literacy Month; four weeks of activity throughout the country that aim to raise awareness of literacy as a powerful tool for life and means for individuals to contribute to Rwanda’s National ambitions.
Led by the Ministry of Education through Rwanda Education Board (REB), this year’s event is co-supported by MINISPOC, where Adult Literacy is a significant focus of activity.  The US Ambassador will attend the event, for the official launch of Andika Rwanda 2017, the national writing competition that sees children’s own stories published in Rwanda’s mother-tongue and distributed throughout primary schools in Rwanda. Performances from Urunana and Kimisagara Youth Club will be on show, along with an exhibition of stands showcasing their literacy-wares, including: materials and demonstrations from organisations, schools and private initiatives around Rwanda that work to promote reading.  Dr. Carole Bloch of PREASA, South Africa, will deliver a keynote presentation on ‘the power of literacy’ as a national ambition and the importance of community involvement, it will also highlight examples of though-provoking practice to inspire and inform Rwanda Reads.
We are grateful to the follwoing organsations for their generous contributions to this event: USAID, UNICEF, UNESCO, Workd Vision Rwanda and Save the Children Rwanda.