The Ecole du Bon Berger is fully owned and run by RUTI GROUP, a Social Enterprise governed by Rwandan law, registered with the Office of the Registrar General under the enterprise number 106702534.
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Ecole du Bon Berger was founded by Justine and Robert in 2017. The school sits on inherited family land that was in complete ruin following the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi. Motivated to play a participative role in developing her devastated community, Justine dreamed of launching a vocational center as a pathway out of poverty and into job creation for many young and unemployed village residents.
Justine ran her idea with the local authorities, and was advised to prioritize a school for children instead, given the pressing need of good schools for young learners in Bugesera district. Following their guidance, she joined forces with Robert, her son to co-found the Ecole du Bon Berger.
In its first year of operation, the school enrolled 80 learners spread across 5 nursery classrooms. Since then, the school’s infrastructure and ambition have grown to accommodate 810 students in 2024, according to the strategic plan.
Along with the school project, the founders created an apprenticeship programme to offer training and work opportunities to disadvantaged women, giving them a chance to (re)integrate into working society while providing vital support services to the school.