Patron: The Rt. Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool.
The missionaries who established Shyira in the early years of the 20th century had an holistic ministry - they worked for the good of people in body, mind and spirit. Part of their ministry involved the provision of schools.
Over recent years more schools have been built so that Shyira now has five schools that cater for young people from age about three until they enter university.
The schools work on a scheme similar to the one used in France and Belgium. Children progress from one level to the next by passing the appropriate examinations. With many Rwanda children missing school because of illness or having to work to help their family live at an acceptable level it is not unusual to find 15-18 year olds still in primary school.
The Academic Year in Rwanda extends from January to November.
Nursery. A school started by the people of Shyira. It enabled mothers to leave small children at school while they work.
Primary School. Takes children from the age of about seven until they pass an exam to go to secondary school, or until they leave school
CEFOPS Technical School. Another school started by the people of Shyira. Teaches traditional crafts and skills (see picture) and also subjects like tailoring, motor mechanics, electrical installation and joinery.
ACEC Secondary School. A school started by concerned parents. National examinations after six years can be used to give university entrance.
ACEC has links to Formby High School
Groupe Scolaire de Shyira. A state secondary school teaching similar subjects to ACEC. Most of our sponsored students attend or have attended this school.
Groupe Scolaire has links to Range High School, Formby.
We have a leaflet on child sponsorship.
The greatest obstacle for students attending school in Rwanda is family poverty. Some families are unable to buy clothes appropriate for school. and it is possible that families may need to keep children away from school to work on the family plot of land or to care for siblings while parents work.
Students in secondary school are highly motivated. They know that the best way to get clear of poverty, and to be able to help their whole family, is to get a university education because that can lead to well paid employment. Teaching and medical subjects seem particularly popular.