At the end of Senior 6, the final year of secondary school, students take national exams that will determine their next steps. Based on their results, students could be eligible to attend a university, or they may continue their post-secondary education at the vocational/technical level. University scholarships are highly competitive, and only a few students qualify for government loans, which must be paid back after graduation.
After completing secondary school, students have a “gap year” while they wait to learn their options for post-secondary programs. During this time, students attend our Dream Leadership Academy (DLEAD), where they receive weekly training in leadership, entrepreneurship, discipleship, biblical literacy, resume writing, and communication skills. This program is designed to help prepare students for life after secondary school.
If you sponsor a student in DLEAD, the U.S. office will contact you directly with options to continue your sponsorship at the post-secondary level.
Read the Frequently Asked Questions below to learn more about our Post-Secondary Sponsorship Program:
Vocational programs typically last one and a half to two years, and students graduate with a certificate or diploma. Some of the areas of study for post-secondary vocational students include: business, catering, construction, information technology, media and tourism. Post-secondary vocational students have an Africa New Life reference code that begins with VT.
University programs typically last four years, with programs in the medical field extending up to five years. Students earn a bachelor’s degree, and some institutions allocate the first year for focusing on English proficiency. Many of our students attend universities in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda, but some of our students attend schools in other parts of Rwanda, or even in Uganda or Kenya. Some of the courses (majors) our students are studying include: accounting, applied mathematics, business management, commerce, engineering, human resource management, law, marketing, medicine, and social work. Students often do research papers and complete internships as part of their programs. Sponsored university students have an Africa New Life reference code that begins with RCS or RCS-S.
Through the Esther College Scholarship Program, Africa New Life Ministries provides a university education for exceptional young women who demonstrate Christian character, leadership, and academic rigor. These women come from very poor families. Each year, approximately 15 amazing women receive this life-changing opportunity to continue their education. In addition to attending university, the women volunteer their time to improve the community where they live, receive leadership training, participate in a mentorship program, and learn basic finance management. Esther College Scholarship recipients have an Africa New Life reference code that begins with ECS.
Sponsorship rates for our post-secondary programs vary, but generally cover tuition, various academic fees at school, discipleship by Africa New Life staff, and our annual camp in January. Depending on the sponsor’s pledge amount, students may receive an additional monthly stipend to assist with things such as transport, rent, and food.
We recognize that sponsorship at the post-secondary level is a much greater financial commitment as compared to your current pledge, and want to emphasize that continued support is voluntary. If you are unable to increase your sponsorship pledge to cover the full amount needed at the post-secondary level, you are welcome to invite friends and/or family to co-sponsor with you. Each sponsor would have their own pledge and online account with Africa New Life, and the student would know that they have multiple sponsors. Please note that Africa New Life is unable to facilitate finding co-sponsors for your post-secondary student.
Approximately 98% of our post-secondary students study at institutions located in East Africa, with roughly 86% of them studying in Rwanda. Students receive academic counseling from Africa New Life staff in Rwanda to help them select a school and course of study that best fits their interest, skill set and academic strengths.
Primary and secondary schools in Rwanda have an academic year that follows the calendar year, but most universities follow an academic year that begins in September. Post-secondary vocational programs can start at different times throughout the year. Students are on a semester or trimester schedule, depending on their school.
Since the scoring system is vastly different in Rwanda, Africa New Life doesn’t provide sponsors with actual grades or transcripts. At least once a year, sponsors will receive a progress report with a letter from their post-secondary student, sharing more information about their experience in school. On the progress report, sponsors will be able to see what classes their sponsored student took last term and whether they passed or failed.
Students who live near Kigali may attend New Life Bible Church on Sundays for a time of fellowship with other post-secondary students. A third service was added at New Life Bible Church to accommodate the growing number of these students, and they gather to discuss the sermon and study the Bible directly following the Sunday message.
Students near Kigali also attend a leadership training one Saturday per month, where guest speakers are brought in to cover relevant topics such as resume writing and the impact of social media. We also have a partnership with the Equip Maxwell Leadership Institute, which trains young leaders across Africa. Maxwell staff provide Christian-based leadership training twice a year, and students who complete their training are awarded a certificate. In January, students participate in our annual camp, where they enjoy workshops, group discussions, speakers, worship sessions and athletic activities.
For an overview about education in Rwanda, click here.
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