Ubumuntu arts festival is one of the highly growing events on the Rwandan Calendar and the fourth edition is equally unforgettable.
Performers from Rwanda and around the world convened at the Kigali Genocide Memorial – Amphitheatre to explore the trauma of conflict and the depths of the human experience through art.
Unique in this festival was participation of Umubano Primary School. The festival treated participants to series of art, drama, music and dance performances from across the globe, all filled with lessons on humanity.
“Music can build the world positively and it can inspire people to not give up. I want to be a singer and songwriter when I am older and be of service to people through music, like Star. I want my songs to help people with the message ‘never give up,” said Favour Hoziana, P6 student at Umubano School
In 2009, A Partner in Education (APIE) and built Umubano Primary School and later in 2013, the school opened with 13 teachers and the first intake of 115 students.
The founders of Umubano Primary School believe that just getting children into school doesn’t change lives for the better; the provision of inclusive, quality education does.
To ensure high value education to the pupils, APIE works closely with the Rwandan Ministry of Education and the University of Rwanda, College of Education to develop best practice in line with the Government’s aspiration to provide quality, inclusive education for all children in Rwanda.
The school has partnered with Carnegie Mellon University Rwanda ICT programme, Kigali Memorial Centre Peace Programme, Centre Marembo working together to break the cycle of poverty, and DfID – policy.
Other partners are mostly from the United Kingdom including; BrunswickSchoolm, rYico, A4ID legal aid, Studio 91 Design and Print, Hove Park School, The Wroxham School, Dolphin Independent School,The Appointment Group,OLT International & OLT Africa, JaxMar Gallery and Addax & Oryx Foundation.
For more about Umubano School, visit (www.umubanoprimary.org) or the partnership work on peace education with Aegis Trust please get in touch with Head Teacher, Jdusingize@umubano.org, or see A Partner in Education’s website: www.apartnerineducation.org.