From Monday to Friday, students arrive on campus early in the morning for their 7:30am class, and don’t end their schoolday until 2:30pm. They have a fifteen-minute morning break at 9:30am, and lunch begins promptly at 11:45am and lasts for forty-five minutes. Many of our students stay after classes end to work on homework in our computer lab, or leave to go to their jobs at various restaurants and hotels around Kigali. The schedule is intense and grueling, without a doubt, but that’s not all there is to student life at Akilah!
Akilah students have the opportunity to participate in several clubs. English Club meets after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and gets the students playing fun games and interacting to practice their English language skills. Rotaract Club is a Rotary International-sponsored group that connects our students with other schools here in Rwanda to get involved in improving communities. Girl Hub, a joint venture between the Nike Foundation and the UK Department for International Development, is an off-campus program through which many of our students mentor younger adolescent girls. Our Human Rights Club currently takes place in Nyamata, but we will soon have a regular meeting for HRC here on our campus. Students also recently voted to start a Dance and Drama Club, and Basketball Club.
Social Change Projects are another very important aspect of student life here at Akilah. All students are required to complete an SCP as part of their Leadership & Ethics course, allowing them to connect with their communities while making a positive difference.
The Akilah Mentoring Program, managed by our Leadership Instructor Irene Kagoya, is critical to the communal spirit of Akilah, and engenders confidence while providing personal and professional development. There are three parts to AMP: the external professional mentoring, the internal staff mentoring, and the Big Sister mentoring.
The Student Government gives our students the chance to express themselves and voice their opinions on issues like transportation, lunch, and class schedules. Every Tuesday we hold Student Staff Forum, a weekly meeting between the student government and faculty to discuss various areas of concern.
Find out more about some of our students in our Student Profiles.