Over the last 10 years

Bridge2Rwanda has become an expert at bursting the bottlenecks that prevent Rwanda’s brightest students from competing and winning university scholarships.

Our experience identifying and preparing Rwanda’s most promising students has given us a deep understanding of the skills gap that continues to limit students’ competitiveness in pursuing higher education, such as English proficiency, critical thinking skills, standardized test preparation and navigating the university admissions process.

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To address these issues and broaden our impact, Bridge2Rwanda is launching Isomo Academy — an intensive English training and college preparatory program designed to equip Rwanda’s top high school students with the skills they need to compete and win university scholarships inside and outside Rwanda.

Application Open
February 1- April 18

Students in S4 & S5 can apply for Isomo’s 8-week, residential English Training summer boot camp, which will be held between July 17-September 11, 2021.

Due to COVID-19, these program dates are subject to change based on Rwanda's school calendar. We will adjust our timeline to ensure that it does not conflict with students' return to school.

The program is grounded in four areas of growth: ​

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Students will develop foundational English-language skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

CRITICAL THINKING

Students will broaden their worldview through readings that sharpen their critical thinking.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Students will engage all areas of their personal growth to enhance their leadership skills.

SERVANT LEADERSHIP

Students will learn how to use their passions, talent, and skills to serve others, as modeled after Jesus.

FAQs

Through Isomo Academy, B2R is expanding its services to support and impact promising young Africans while they are still in high school. While Isomo Academy is different from the B2R Scholars Program, it aligns with Bridge2Rwanda’s three core objectives to: improve academic and professional excellence through an intensive English and critical thinking prep program, foster global competitiveness through international test preparation, and build a fellowship of transformative leaders.

Our holistic admissions process can be divided into three categories: academic excellence, leadership potential, and community engagement. For admission to Isomo Academy, students’ academic record will be examined using S3/S4 transcripts as well as their O’level National Exam results. We also evaluate students’ leadership potential through extra curricular activities such as school clubs, teams, and student committees. Students will also be evaluated on their community engagement, such as service projects and volunteer experience.

Isomo Academy’s curriculum is designed with the Rwandan high school in mind. The purpose of the program is to develop a foundational level of English skills in all four language domains: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will broaden their worldview and develop critical thinking skills. They will learn more natural language expression and appropriate organization for both speaking and writing English. Bridge2Rwanda’s goal is to help the most promising high school students get into better universities – both inside and outside of Rwanda.

Just like the Bridge2Rwanda Scholars Program, participation in Isomo Academy is FREE of charge. We are determined to make the Academy accessible to all people regardless of their socio-economic status.

No. Students who are selected to join Isomo Academy are NOT Bridge2Rwanda Scholars. Isomo Academy is a new program, not a replacement of the Bridge2Rwanda Scholars Program. The goal is to help more of Rwanda’s top high school students improve their English and critical thinking skills. At the end of Isomo Academy, you will be an Isomo graduate and receive a certificate recognizing your accomplishment.

Bridge2Rwanda remains committed to providing access to a number of students from Burundi and DRC. International students whose school calendars do not conflict with the Isomo timeline are welcome to apply. Bridge2Rwanda, however, will not be assisting with moving and visa processing costs.
 

As a S6 student, you are not eligible for Isomo Academy. However, you are eligible for the Bridge2Rwanda Scholars Program. The application for the 11th cohort of B2R Scholars will open on February 1, 2021.

After successfully completing Isomo’s summer bootcamp, you will be given a certificate recognizing your accomplishment detailing the skills learned at the Isomo Academy. As an Isomo graduate, you will be part of a fellowship and a network of support.

We are glad you asked! The application to Isomo Academy will go live on February 1, 2021. You will be able to find the link to the application form on our website and social media outlets.

While Isomo Academy is not affiliated with any institutional religious group, we are inspired and guided by the strategy, example, teachings and Spirit of Jesus. In addition to English preparation through reading, writing, listening and speaking, we teach servant leadership as modeled by Jesus. We invite and welcome students of all faiths and beliefs to apply for the program.  

 

Yes. Students in WDA programs are eligible for Isomo Academy, even though they remain ineligible for the Bridge2Rwanda Scholars Program.

Academic excellence is essential. Keep working hard in all subjects, and stay curious! We encourage you to take initiative at your school and in your community. What problems can you solve? Maybe it’s a tutoring program or a social relief fundraiser during these hard times of COVID-19. Maybe it’s starting a new club at your school, or joining a choir or a team. Keep these three values in mind – academic excellence, leadership potential, and community engagement!

In addition to the English, critical thinking, personal development, and leadership skills you will gain at Isomo, you will also learn about amazing university opportunities both in and outside Rwanda.