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Parent's Review of Kigali International Community School in Kigali, Rwanda

Jun 08, 2016

What is the name of your child's school? (Please report on one school per survey.)

Kigali International Community School

In what town or city is this school located?

Kigali

How would you describe this school? (i.e. American, British, International, Local, etc.)

International

What grade levels are represented at this school?

K-12

How do most children get to school everyday? (bus, train, walk, etc.)

Private transportation. No bus service

How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?

Average

What has this school done to help your child transition from the curriculum in your home country into the curriculum in your new country? Are there programs to prepare your child for repatriation?

None

How would you describe the social activities available for parents through this school? Are there parent-teacher organizations?

None. PTO exists, but is largely inactive.

What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?

My two daughters have attended Kigali International Community School (KICS) for the past three years. While initially the experience was positive, it has progressively deteriorated. We are not a Christian family, but we put our daughters at KICS, a Christ-centered missionary school, because we believe that mutual respect, understanding and integration are essential in these difficult times of religious mistrust. However, senior school administration has forced out a number of teachers because "staff and faculty are required to assent to KICS unique religious identity", and one of my daughters has been persistently discouraged from taking on leadership positions at the school. On my complaint, School Board expressed the view that "students and their families are not required to assent but are required to accept this as identity of KICS" and "all aspects of KICS are expected to contribute to the fulfillment of KICS vision" which is "to impact the world for Christ by preparing servant leaders." KICS is not the place to send your children if you want to teach them tolerance and acceptance. I am in the process of moving my daughters, and several other parents have also left KICS due to inflexibility of the senior management. The lack of diversity of thought at KICS is a serious handicap.

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