The Rwinkwavu Community Library and Learning Center (RCLLC) is providing innovative and impactful education to community members of all ages in the Rwinkwavu sector of Kayonza District. The center has been open for fifteen months and is currently serving over a hundred community members per day. All programs were created based on demands of the community members as well as Kayonza District imihigo. All staff members are Rwandan, and 100% of the staff live in the community they serve. The RCLLC offers a wide range of programs to empower the community through learning, including teaching youth leadership skills, facilitating adults learning to read and write for the first time, providing Ingoma drumming and traditional dancing lessons, and running high quality ICT classes.
-Adult Kinyarwanda Literacy Class – Classes meet twice per week. There are three different classes with 20 students in each class. Already, over 60 adults have received their functional adult literacy certificates from the RCLLC. 60 additional community members will be able to achieve FAL certificates each year.
– English Language Class – Classes meet twice per week for 6 months. There are 4 different classes (2 beginner, 2 intermediate) with 20 students in each class. 160 community members will be able to achieve English language certificates each year.
– ICT Class – Classes meet twice per week for 6 months. There are 5 different classes (2 beginner, 2 intermediate, 1 advanced) with 12 students in each class. 120 community members will be able to achieve ICT skills certificates each year.
– Youth E-Reader & English Literacy/Language Class – Classes meet twice per week for 6 months. There are four different classes with 20 students in each class. 160 community members will be able to achieve E-Reader & English Literacy/Language certificates each year.
– Schools-Enrichment Program – This program accepts 120 P5 students and trains them for two years in order to improve their national exam marks. Students are enrolled for their P5 and P6 years. Groups meet twice per month. There are two groups with 60 students in each group. Each group is divided into classes of 20 students based on English language skills. Students are taught English language skills the first year, and English language skills in math, science, and social studies in year two.
– Youth and Adult Music Programming – Youth music programming includes general music education, piano and guitar classes, Ingoma drumming, and traditional dance class. Adults are offered piano and guitar classes.
– Open Youth Library Programming – This program offers youth books for all levels in Kinyarwanda and English and is supported by well-trained library staff. Staff organize read-alouds and other literacy activities, as well as structured youth classes such as reading clubs, leadership clubs, and debate clubs.
– Open Adult Library Programming – This program offers adult books for all levels in Kinyarwanda and English and is supported by well-trained library staff. Staff organize adult groups such as mothers club, adult dance club, and current events discussions (based on reading current Rwandan and world news in newspapers and magazines). Games such as chess are also available as educational activities.
– Sunday just Shooting Touch/Ready for Reading partnership: completed construction of a basketball court on the library site – mission is to introduce Basketball to rural Rwanda and use it as a catalyst around youth development – mentorship program, coach training