Program Overview

This project is a partnership between the SEAS school, and Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology (GGAST). There are two main components: the class during the spring semester, and the implementation in Gashora during May. There are two separate groups to the project: solar and ICT. Penn Engineering began a working relationship with GGAST in 2014.


GGAST 2016 Penn Initiative Projects

Information Technology Projects: Server and computer lab environment, Java programming instruction, Internet in a box
Solar Projects: Solar power computer lab, Water purification system for a local clinic
This course partners with the Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology (GGAST), an all-girls residential high school in Gashora, Rwanda. The school is operated by a US-based non-profit, the Rwanda Girls Initiative, and aims to educate and empower girls of Rwanda to reach their highest potential. Approximately half of the school’s graduates attend universities outside of Rwanda, including Penn.


GGAST Project Implementation

In May 2016, students in the course will travel to Rwanda and spend a week contextualizing the ideas that they have been studying during the course. Some highlights of the program in Rwanda may include:
Tour of GGAST and meeting with students and administrators
Hands-on project implementation in Gashora, Rwanda
Day trips to Kigali, including a visit to the Memorial Genocide Museum in Kigali
Site visit to the Rwanda Education Bureau (REB) or Ecole St. James for One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) demonstration