Maranyundo Girls School is a high performing secondary boarding school in Rwanda providing a science and technology focused education rooted in our core values of respect, responsibility, and leadership. We are dedicated to providing the opportunity for girls from across Rwanda to receive a world-class education. Our private, secular school is located in the poorest district in Rwanda, Bugesera District, which is where the highest percentage of our students come from. We currently enroll 300 girls from all over Rwanda, of which half receive scholarships. We offer high quality education from S1 through S5 (7th to 11th grade). Next year we will be expanding to 360 students and have our first S6 class (12th grade). This first graduating class will be applying for university enrollment for September 2018.
Top Performing School
Despite students starting with a wide range of primary school academic preparation and financial resources, our girls consistently place among the best in the country on national exams. Last year the top two scoring students on the National O-Level Exam were from Maranyundo Girls School. Since 2013, all students who have taken the O-level national exam have ranked in Division 1, “With Distinction”. Two years ago, three of our students placed among the top ten. Maranyundo Girls School was consistently rated the #1 girls school in Rwanda for several years until national school rankings were discontinued. In November 2017, the first S6 students will take the A-Level National Exam. Grades will be available in February 2018 and we expect a similar high level of achievement from the A-Level students.
Caring and Comfortable Environment
The community developed at our school creates a caring and comfortable environment for our students. Each new student is paired with a student from the previous class, called a mother, who acts as a mentor to the younger girl. The mentor of the mentor, or grandmother, also looks after the new student. This system creates a strong network of caring relationships across economic divides and grade levels.
Maranyundo Girls School is open to girls of all faiths and is owned and administered by the Benebikira Congregation, a Rwandan order of Roman Catholic nuns who have successfully administered schools for decades. The Benebikira Congregation runs a total of 22 highly successful primary, secondary and vocational schools in Rwanda and Burundi that educate a total of 12,180 students a year.
The Benebikira Sisters instill in the students Rwandan values such as discipline and personal responsibility. The school exemplifies the congregation’s unwavering belief in the ability of every girl, regardless of background or family situation, to meet high standards of excellence. Rooted in the sense of community and values, the girls themselves organize student activities outside of class time. Some of the current student-led clubs are Public Speaking, Debate, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Traditional Dance, Modern Dance, Modelling and Fashion, Choir, Peace and Unity, Maranyundo Charity Team, Environment Club, Peace and Love Proclaimers, Art Club, Anti-Drug and Crime Club, and the Reading and Poetry Club. Every year students develop and organize more clubs exemplifying the diversity of our school.
With our expansion to include S6 (12th grade) girls can now attend Maranyundo Girls School up until they enroll in universities. Our college counselling program guides our students throughout the entire college admission process to ensure every girl can reach her full potential.
Graduates of Maranyundo Girls School have gone on to attend the following colleges and universities:
- Worcester Polytechnic Institute (USA)
- Duke University (USA),
- Lafayette College (USA)
- Duquesne University (USA)
- College of the Holy Cross (USA)
- University of Toronto (Canada)
- Earth University (Costa Rica)
- National University of Rwanda
- Universite libre de Kigali
- Universite Adventiste de Mudende
- School of Finance and Business
- Institute des Sciences d’Agronomie et Elevage
- Mutara Polytechnic School
- College of Education Rukara
- Universite Adventiste de Gitwe
- Universities in China
- Universities in Ghana and Senegal