Rwanda is full of talented artisans making a wide range of fantastic crafts. This experience not only benefits local artisans, but also supports the Groupe Scolaire Rosa Mystica, a school that supports children with special needs and their families.
As part of the school's diverse approach, Sister Crescence has helped create a cooperative of women artisans who make traditional sisal baskets, furniture and cards from banana tree fibers, sewn crafts, paper craft, soap, and more.
This experience will provide you the chance to try your hand at several of the crafts produced by the cooperative. Sister Crescence will also share the school's progressive methodology, principles, vision, and the driving forces behind their work with children with disabilities and special needs.
"We want to promote inclusive educational communities where the learners, parents, and teachers collaborate to promote quality education through different innovations."
Students and their parents come from around Rwanda to attend Groupe Scolaire Rosa Mystica. With them, they bring a wide range of skill sets.
Because the school has parental involvement as a core principle, parents of the students are heavily involved in the day-to-day activities. Several parents are responsible for making woven baskets and furniture, greeting cards, soap, and decorative artisinal pieces. Income generated by the sale of the goods help the school in its daily operations. The work of the parents also promotes family learning, inclusive communities, and social inclusion.