Out Of Africa - Diocese of Winchester
There are so many things that our diocese can learn from the way the Rwandan people embrace educating their young people with such joy and hope.
Many people spoke to us about wanting to spread God’s love in schools as part of post genocide recovery and reconciliation in the country. This is happening in schools, as demonstratively as it is in the country’s churches. I was frequently left with the impression that the role of teacher and pastor in the country is almost as one. There is a great sense of aspiration among the young people who talk about wanting to become doctors, teachers, pastors and writers. There were numerous examples of the Christian values of hope and resilience on our trip. Chief among these for me was the comment of a headteacher in one of the poorest schools we visited. Noting a chronic lack space and resources, I asked the him if he ever turned children away. The school leader looked at me puzzled and replied: ‘The poor children just keep coming, why would I turned them away? That would not be my duty to God.’ What an inspirational way of approaching school leadership.