CITW Awards Full Scholarships to Eight Bisate Secondary School Learners

Children in the Wilderness (CITW) Rwanda has awarded scholarships to eight learners for the full duration of their secondary school education. The funding was provided by Olympus and Wilderness Safaris Bisate guests. With an estimated value of USD300 per student, per year, the scholarships also include school fees, books and uniform costs.

“We are very passionate about the CITW Rwanda programme, and excited to extend educational support to these learners. Without financial support, it is unlikely that any of them would complete secondary school. They all come from rural backgrounds with no electricity, plumbing or even basic water access in their homes. This generous funding from our guests at Bisate and from Olympus, coupled with CITW’s strong community programme, will open up opportunities for them to improve their lives and those of their communities, and contribute to conservation in the area”, said Ingrid Baas, Wilderness Safaris Rwanda General Manager.

The recipients were chosen on the basis of their academic performance and level of participation in the programme’s Eco-Clubs. They were carefully selected by the CITW Rwanda team, Eco-Club Mentors and the Bisate Primary School Headmistress. The prerequisites for retaining the scholarship each year include showing dedication, motivation, good behaviour and maintaining good marks.

Providing scholarships forms an integral part of the CITW programme, enabling children from rural backgrounds to complete their schooling education. In 2018, CITW awarded over 600 scholarships across its regions, divided between primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. Many of the previously funded learners are now working within the ecotourism industry, in Wilderness Safaris or other lodges and camps.

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