In 2013, The Playing For Change Foundation established a long-term partnership with Star School, which is located in Masaka, just outside the capital of Kigali. Star School instructs over 700 children in its nursery, primary, and secondary schools. The school grounds include dormitories, a library, computer room, farm, greenhouse, and science laboratory. There is also a “football” (soccer) field, volleyball court, and basketball court.
Although Star School accepts fee-paying students, about 200 children rely on sponsorship to attend the school. Sponsored students come from at-risk backgrounds — orphans, former street boys, children of prostitutes and street beggars, missing parents, or jobless parents with an inability to pay school fees. These students live in Star School’s on-campus dormitories and receive meals, clothes, medical care, and education.
The music and sports program provides music instruction in traditional dance, drumming as well as keyboards and guitar taught by two dynamic instructors. Star School is the first PFCF music program to include sports as a part of its curriculum with a thriving soccer program reaching an even greater number of youth.
VIDEO OVERVIEW: TAKE A VISIT AT STAR SCHOOL
LIFE IN THE COMMUNITY
The Star school is a primary and secondary school that provides education for more than 600 children. Nearly 200 of them stay at the school the all week. It is located in the village of Masaka, 10 miles East of Kigali.
60 weekly students
Implemented in an existing school
4 staff members
TEAM ON THE GROUND
Music class at Star School
Welcome to Star School!
Music & Forgiveness: JP Samputu