Schools reopening in the time of COVID-19

Marie Grace

Marie Grace, Student nurse

COVID has delayed my nurse training at university, but when I qualify I will try to be a good nurse who will work with empathy, skills of problem-solving, commitment to patient advocacy, open-mindedness and respectfulness. 

I will also help my community to have health advisors who will help to fight against sicknesses caused by dirt and other common sicknesses such as malaria, diarrhoea and HIV AIDS.

I thank God for helping me in my life. When I was in secondary school, I had the opportunity to study in Quaker Christian schools where we learnt life-long values and how Christians pray and helping others.

Thank you for your ongoing support. Marie Grace, October 2020



Jackline, IT Student

It is with great pleasure that I write to you again as the days have not been easy with the recent COVID-19 pandemic. We were put under a quarantine which meant the schools closing and the daily jobs that my family undertook were not allowed. This had a big impact on poor families who survive by going to work every morning doing ad hoc casual work. This includes my family but I thank Forward Africa and UNM for the food assistance which has been a great help for me and my family.

As a student I took the opportunity during this quarantine to take an online aviation course, aviation being my passion. From this I was chosen to join the physical course at Gabiro Training Center.  When this ends on 15th November I shall return to my university on the 23rd and continue my IT university course.

This year I intend to work even harder so that I may be able to finish with flying colors and join the next level and be able to become the person I’ve always dreamt of being. I know with my passion and hard work and your assistance I shall excel.

Thank you. Jackie, October 2020



Martin, School Student

As a student I’m preparing to go back at school to continue my studies following this COVID 19 pandemic which is the worst thing that I haven’t seen. It has been difficult for me as I have spent almost six months at home. I wish this COVID-19 to stop so that all people could be well again. All over the world, as well as in Rwanda, we experience it’s effect like death of people, starvation and unemployment.

I wish Forward Africa to continue being at my side helping me with my needs at school. I planned to finish form six studies in 2021 but now it is different because of COVID-19. But I’m still alive and I think everything is going to be alright. Moreover, my ambition has not changed, as I will continue to work hard in my studies as I wish to train as a lawyer.

Martin, October 2020