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Tubakunde Trust, Tubakunde Project and Excel School

Musanze, Rwanda

Tubakunde Trust
Tubakunde Project
Excel School
Tubakunde House opened in April 2008, the project initially provided day-care for vulnerable babies up to pre-school children. Orphaned, abandoned, sick, extremely poor and some fee-paying (when possible) children came together to be cared for, play and learn in a safe and stimulating environment.

During the first year, it was quickly realised that it would be necessary to create more space (rooms) as some of the children reached primary school age. By the end of that first year it had become possible to construct a building with three classrooms, six toilets, and an outdoor kitchen with storage space.

In February 2009 Excel School opened, comprising three nursery classes (lower, middle, upper) and Primary Class One (P1). By then numbers attending had increased from the initial 18 to 55 children.

In February 2010, Primary Two (P2) opened as numbers increased to 90 and once again there was need of more classrooms.

By January 2011 another block of four classrooms was built in time for the new academic year when there were 140 children. The pattern continued in January 2012 and 2013 with further classrooms to accommodate P3, P4 and P5 and a meeting hall/chapel being built.

One more class, P6, and more staff rooms completed the primary school in 2013 when there were 305 registered pupils at Excel School.

In late 2014 pupil numbers had reached 410. The Rwandan Government have imposed a cap on the number of children at the school until it is possible to increase classroom space and reduce class size.

The School Day

The school bus makes four round trips each morning and afternoon, to collect and drop off children. Children are served breakfast and lunch, and also given a fruity snack mid-morning and a milky tea before going home. Rwandan curriculum lessons are taught throughout the day with much loved play-times in between. Subjects taught are mainly similar to those on the UK curriculum – mathematics, English, French, Kinyarwanda, science and technology, history, geography, sport, art and religion (but this also includes peace, moral awareness and social integration, gender and AIDS).

Exam Results

The Primary Six students were eligible to sit national examinations to enter secondary education (SATS equivalent) for the first time in October 2014. Teachers worked hard to ensure that all students strove for excellence and reached their full potential in preparations for these exams. Nineteen pupils achieved Division 1 and ten pupils Division 2 making Excel School the top school in the area.


Routine health checks are given and sick children are taken to the local hospital. Where possible families are encouraged to join the state health insurance scheme but no child is refused aid in an emergency.

Extra-curricular Activities

Extra-curricular activities include playing football – both girls and boys competing against other local teams. Learning traditional Rwandan singing and dancing or art and crafts is popular. The School has its own Scout/Guide group which takes aid to local villages and helps with community projects. There is also has a very successful school choir (Hidden Treasures) which often leads the singing at services in the Musanze churches and is frequently invited to perform at other local events.

The Hostel

A house, just down the road, has been rented since 2012. It acts as a hostel for about fifty older children, either with no family home and thus nowhere to study or fee paying children who live too far away to commute daily. New accommodation is currently being sought as the current house is not ideal.


Many Rwandan children have been forced leave school at age eleven to seek employment and support their family. Excel School aims to give these children a hope and a future.
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