Nyabihu, 26 June 2014: The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) today officially launched Basumba Primary School in Bigogwe, Nyabihu District in north-western Rwanda. The school consists of six classrooms and will be attended by over 380 students. It was built with funding from the Shared Tourism Revenue Scheme that comes from 5% of annual tourism park revenue.
While speaking at the launch, RDB’s Head of Tourism and Conservation Ambassador Yamina Karitanyi said:
“Conservation is not just about maintaining the parks, natural features and wildlife; it is also about empowering communities. Through this school, we hope to transform the lives of children in the area by enabling easy access to education facilities.”
Basumba Primary School is the 57th school funded through the Shared Tourism Revenue Scheme since it first started in 2005. A total of 360 initiatives have been funded by the scheme country-wide, including business centres, water facilities, health centres, cooperatives and more. Each initiative has helped to improve the livelihoods of the communities around the park areas. In addition, some of those who once threatened the parks are now the strongest advocates for conservation in their communities.
The launch of Basumba Primary School marks the beginning of activities leading up to the tenth annual Kwita Izina, Rwanda’s gorilla naming ceremony. Kwita Izina will take place on 1 July 2014 at the base of the Volcanoes National Park in Kinigi, Musanze District.
About Kwita Izina
Rwanda’s community led conservation efforts have led to a 26.3% growth in the population of gorillas since 2003 and Kwita Izina has been key to this success. Kwita Izina is inspired by the ancient Rwandan tradition of naming babies soon after they are born. In the nine years since the event was established, 161 gorillas have been named in a celebration of nature and the communities who protect the majestic mountain gorilla.
Kwita Izina Activities:
26June: Official launch of Basumba Primary School in Bigogwe, Nyabihu District. The school of six classrooms has been built with funding from the Shared Revenue Scheme and will enable over 380 children to easily access education facilities.
28 June: Global Umuganda: Participants will have an opportunity to participate in the Global Umuganda in Nyamata. The community work reflects on the culture and commitment of Rwandans to clean and conserve the environment.
28 June: B2B meetings, Serena Hotel, Kigali: This platform will provide an opportunity for local tourism operators to showcase what Rwanda tourism experiences to domestic, regional and international markets.
29-30 June: Gorilla Conservation and Community Exhibition at Musanze Stadium. The exhibition will showcase what has been achieved in conservation and community empowerment through the 5% revenue sharing scheme.
30June: Igitaramo (Community Party) in Kinigi is a night of cultural immersion with performances from local dance troupes and musicians.
1 July: Kwita Izina Gorilla Naming Ceremony in Kinigi, Musanze
To view and download the photos of the babies that will be named at Kwita Izina, please click here https://www.flickr.com/photos/kwitaizina.