Imagine a widely distributed magazine for teenage girls that presents role models, health,  and safety information. This is the reality for Rwandan publication Ni Nyampinga, which is written by girls, for girls, and enjoys the widest circulation in the country. The magazine is part of Girl Effect, an NGO focused on girls’ empowerment and closing the opportunity gap between boys and girls.

Leanne Cameron, a returning EL Fellow in Rwanda, recently began an English language class for nine young journalists from diverse corners of the country. During the day, these women work at the Ni Nyampinga headquarters before attending evening classes at the local university where they are pursuing their formal education in journalism, international relations, or other fields.

One journalist shared the importance of the publication to the mission of Rwanda and her own life: “I was born while my father was in need of a boy, and my mother gave birth to a girl [who is me]. It was a big issue to my mother because my father felt angry… until he married another wife. From the time I recognized that, I felt unhappy and [I] started thinking of how I will be a successful girl. Now I am happier… Ni Nyampinga is like the foundation of my journey.”

Related Stories

Fellow Elizabeth Plummer Makes an Impact as an Educational Technology Trainer in South Africa

Based in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa, English Language Fellow Elizabeth Plummer supports teacher professional development in technology at University of Witwatersrand’s Hub for Multilingual Languages and Literacies (HuMEL). Discover Plummer’s life as a Fellow as she manages a language laboratory, leads professional programs for local teachers, and mentors student researchers conducting projects in…

Fellow Bret Vlazny Fosters English as Diplomacy in Ramallah, West Bank

Based in Ramallah, West Bank, English Language Fellow Bret Vlazny is a cultural ambassador and visiting lecturer at Al-Quds Open University. Vlazny's placement has taken him throughout the region visiting university branches from Jenin to Hebron. Discover Vlazny's life as a Fellow as he introduces strategies for integrating classroom technology, delivers blended learning training for…

Follow Us on Twitter


Flashback to former #ELFellow Jennifer Miller in #Myanmar. Outside of the classroom, Jennifer got her hands dirty l…

2 days ago