Think about Education in Rwanda (TER) Organization supported by the Japan International Cooperation organize a Japanese style sports festival known as “Undo-kai” at Umuco Mwiza School.
The festival was held on Monday October 9 2017 from 10 am to 1 pm at the school in Kimironko to celebrate the Sports Day in Japan.
There were competition between classes in different sports such as relay race, treasure hunting splint, long rope jumping, dancing and so on.
Japanese Ambassador Takayuki Miyashita, JICA Chief Representative and other District and Education sector officials attend to show supporting TER to conduct a project for improving mathematical knowledge and skills of primary school teachers in Kimironko Sector where 240 teachers are expected to benefit .
Japanese ambassador Takayuki Miyashita said the event and the construction of the playground will benefit much the young children that play football.
Mr. Yuki Okamoto, a renowned Japanese foreign policy expert and Special Advisor for JICA president, visited the school in March, and was deeply impressed by her vision, the school’s music, arts activities, and homey and peaceful atmosphere. He immediately proposed personal contribution of $5,000 and put a great effort to find the contribution from NTT Docomo, the largest telecommunications Company in Japan, with the amount of $23,000. The money was used to construct a football pitch for the pupils.
It’s was the inaugural and the very first Undo-kai happened in Rwanda and coinciding with the Japanese Sports Day commemorating the support from Japan.
In October 1964, Tokyo Olympic Games was held in Japan. Since then, every 2nd Monday of October is a designated sports day to commemorate Tokyo Olympic Games. In July to September 2020, the second Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic will be held.
It is context that Umuco mwiza School founded by “Think about Education in Rwanda” Organization of Towari Marie Louise Kambenga.
She has since the inaguaration Undo-Kai cherished a dream of bringing sport in Rwanda for a long time.
“ I believe the event can get the children to be more interested in exercise, teach them about teamwork, as well as to give them a sense of responsibility and solidarity through team competition. I shared this dream to Mr. Yuki Okamoto,” says Kambenga.
On sports festival, the children participate in lots of different group sports. Most of the sports are a competition between the classes. The children don’t want to be defeated by another class, so they try their best. There are relay races, group gymnastics, dance and so on.
The Rwandan proprietor studied in Fukushima Prefecture, where she stayed for about 10 months starting and learned dressmaking in Gacuriro Vocational Training Center, before continuing her studies in Japan under a Japan International Cooperation Agency-related program.
Now she settles in Fukushima and keeps working on supporting Umuco Mwiza school in Rwanda, heading NPO Think about Education in Rwanda.
Umuco Mwiza School is owned by Rwandan NGO “Association Pour le Developpement Economique, Social et Culturel (ADESOC)” founded in collaboration with “Think about Education in Rwanda (TER)”, whose head office is in Fukushima city, Japan.Towari Marie Louise Kambenga is the president of TER.