PRESENTATION OF GASHARU PARISH
Gasharu parish church after Sunday service
Gasharu parish was founded in 1988 by the former Bishop of Butare Diocese. It is located in urban centre of Muhanga. Gasharu is amongst the poorest surburbs in Nyamabuye sector where illiteracy and birthrate are still on rise. Child labour and food insecurity deprive numerous children from education and many people are left in bondage, hopeless and miserable.
The Anglican Diocese of Shyogwe was the only safe haven to lean on for years for these innocent and faithful citizens due to advocacy initiatives of clergymen and Bishop Jered influence on local authorities to encourage a state based on equal opportunities in this area.
Reverend Amos NSENGIYUMVA is the 14th rector of Gasharu parish who took on after Venerable Joseph was appointed as the new Archdeacon in Ndiza region.
Gasharu parish has 4 chapel churches laid by 4 catechists. Nearly 250 people regularly attend church service all through the parish.The leading board of the parish is composed of 11 lay readers and 1 church warden.
Gasharu parish infrastructure both parish and chapel churches are old and needs rehabilitating. Parishioners with the help of Fred Carson and her wife Marcia, a clergy couple from Canada donated funds 4 years ago that enabled Gasharu parish to own a chapel church site and a 2 classrooms Nursery school.
Gasharu parish Nursery school at the corner
However,Gasharu parish is urgently in need of a Secondary school to protect youngsters from illiteracy, drug abuse and toxicomania, also a 300 square foot room would be ideal to serve as a Health post for a family planning counselling operations, early pregnancy, infant malnutrition, women enterpreneurship awareness and prevention compaign, Church and Community mobilization program as well as an agricultural relief program based on green manuring and animal husbandry.
Gasharu parish possesses a Primary school located in Gitongati chapel, a hilly area opening a high mountains zone of Western province prior to volcanoes. A fantastic region favourable for honey-bee farming.
These angels happily play out of several risks embedded by that classroom
MUHAZI PRIMARY SCHOOL was founded in 1995. It is located at 8 km out of Muhanga urban centre near Gitongati chapel church. It lays at the former cattle shed donated by a benevolent parishioner who had compassion of Children in the area who were in need of basic education.
At the moment, Muhazi Primary School has 7 teachers, including 5 women and 2 men who teaches 313 pupils.
BELOW IS THE NUMBER OF PUPILS
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2. MUHAZI PRIMARY SCHOOL VISION
Our Primary school envisions:
Education: To improve knowledge and skills
Science: To have scientific skills
Culture: Respect and Obedience
- SCHOOL PERFORMANCES
Since 2008, Muhazi Primary school was annually ranked amongst schools that were performing well in the area although infrastructure was not securing enough. The government plans to rehabilitate the school and hopefully the infrastructure may improve whenever promise is honored.
Gitongati chapel church elders after Sunday services
MUHAZI PRIMARY SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE SCOPE
Muhazi Primary school started with one block of classrooms for 1st form and 2nd form, as seen from the picture below.
A block of classrooms
In 2003-2007, block of classrooms were built to have a complete primary school of 6 classrooms.
In 2008, first pupils graduated from P6, won the National examination and were sent to public secondary schools as a rewarding acknowledgement.
The pictures below state well the current situation of Muhazi primary school to be rehabilitated by the Government if the promise made recently is kept.
Pupils relaxing out at the terrace of the school
In 2009, such a Nursery school was built to educate toddlers who tended to be enrolled in mines’ fields as child labour because some families were not concerned by education of children at young age especially girls.
Toddlers’ atmosphere outlaw
Above are the school toilets
Article made by Rev Amos Nsengiyumva, the Pastor of Gasharu