Under the aegis of Rwanda Reads, Mureke Dusome in partnership with the MINISPOC and Arise Education, launched the Gira igitabo aho uri campaign on 23rd November 2017 at Kigali Convention Centre under the theme “Igitabo, isoko yo kubaka ubukungu bushingiye ku bumenyi” translated in English as “Books: the source to build knowledge-based economy”. The campaign will run for one year (November 2017 to 2018).

To kick start the new year, education and literacy stakeholders from across Rwanda are meeting to discuss the new National Literacy Policy. Led by the Ministry of Education with support from the USAID-funded Mureke Dusome project implemented by Save the Children, the first consultative workshop on the Policy took place at Centre St Augustin, Rwamagana, Eastern Province. This initiative is also being supported by World Vision Rwanda. Subsequent consultative workshops will be held in Musanze, Karongi, Nyanza and Kigali City between 11th January and 28th February 2018.

Click on the links below to see some of the press articles inspired by the 2017 Celebration of International Literacy Day at Kigali Convention Centre
1. New Times
2. Rwanda News Agency

On Friday 8th September, Rwanda will join the rest of the World in Celebrating International Literacy Day 2017!  An event for Rwanda Reads members and key leaders in literacy promotion across Rwanda, will come together at Kigali Convention Centre to mark the occasion and launch National Literacy Month. 


Rwanda Reads partner, School Book Distributors (SBD), are offering discounts on theri books during National Literacy Month!

“This was an interesting event; I now know I can tell my parents to buy me my favorite story book as they return from work instead of sweet bananas or milk. My parents are usually too busy with work to help me while I read. When the community library starts working, it will be very helpful.” – Denyse Ingabire (12), Saint Marc Primary School. 

My name is Judith MUKAKALISA. I am 63 years old. I live in BURIGADE Village, NKONDO Cell of the RWINKWAVU Sector in the Eastern Province.
I did not have a chance to go to schools as many women of my generation and this has been a huge setback in my life. Many times, I would be elected by my neighbours to represent them in the village committee or other community associations but I would refuse because I did not know how to read nor write.

During the September literacy month, British Council worked with Huza Press to launch two books. The British Council offered the book launch event as part of the literacy month activities under Rwanda Reads. The event aimed at encouraging young writers to be more creative and to share with them better ways in which they can disseminate their work. Another reason was to enjoy together the launch of two interesting books from the African continent, written by well-known African writers, and showcasing African culture and the authors’ writing talents.


Kigali, Rwanda – September 2016 has once again been designated Literacy Month in Rwanda, the Rwanda Education Board announced today. As the world celebrates the 50th year of International Literacy Day on 8th September 2016, Rwanda will mark the start of a month of activities across Rwanda including in homes, communities, schools, and libraries.

This International Literacy Day, Promote Reading in Homes and Communities.
Rwanda Education Board says.
As the world marks International Literacy Day, the Rwanda Education Board is urging the nation to promote reading in homes and communities. September has also been designated National Literacy Month, and schools, libraries, civil society, publishers and book sellers are also planning wide-ranging reading activities across Rwanda.