Barnes Primary & Rusuzumiro

school partnership

Established in 2009, we work together to foster strong cultural links, share good practice between our schools and improve educational standards

The partnership was set up to:

Foster mutual respect, cultural awareness and friendship between the two schools and their communities
Raise funds for mutually agreed projects that would help improve standards at Rusuzumiro School
Actively engage students in the partnership in a way that is real and relevant so that each community can learn from the other
Nurture regular communication so the impact of charitable donations and activities can clearly be assessed

Since 2009, Barnes Primary has raised over £35,000 to fund capacity-building projects at Rusuzumiro School.

This has been achieved through events such as the annual ‘Run for Rusuzumiro’, Richmond Park Bike Rides, Africa-inspired art exhibitions, Christmas carol and harvest festival services and the famous Barnes Bake-Off spectacular.

The Results


School uniforms

Brand new books from Book Aid International


A few highlights…

In the 2016/2017 academic year, £11,800 was raised by Barnes Primary to fund electricity to senior classrooms, construction of a washroom block, eight toilets and a small library.
Improved educational outcomes for Rusuzumiro: 99.07% pass rate at P6 2016 national exams; 34% qualified to enter prestigious ‘boarding schools’ (up from 24% in 2015); higher attendance rates with 63 more children sitting national exams.

The Lawn Tennis Association (kindly organised by a former Barnes Primary parent!) generously donated sports kit to Rusuzumiro and two other local schools. 

Book Aid International generously donated over a 1,000 brand new books to Rusuzumiro’s new library and two other local schools

“The children are very proud of their new library and are developing their knowledge of the world and a love of reading.” Dalexis Nzabahimana

English teacher

Members of Barnes Primary community rowed 34km in the 2017 London Great River Race to raise money for the new residential accommodation at ASFA Physio Centre.

Rusuzumiro School joined Barnes Primarys’ Newsnuggets Club taking the news club international and winning the People’s Choice Award at the BrightFuture Awards at City Hall in Dec 2016

2017/2018 Projects

Rusuzumiro and Barnes schools work together to annually agree capacity building projects. The 2017/2018 fundraising focus,  agreed in July 2017, listed below. However….

SPECIAL NEW PROJECT –  following the tragic death of 16 people caused by a lightening strike on a nearby church on 11 March 2018, Rusuzumiro School have asked for assistance to install two lightening conductors to safeguard student and staff welfare.  

In January this year, three teachers at Rusuzumiro were in a classroom that was also hit by lightening.  Fortunately, it was an inset day so no children were at school and the teachers made a full recovery after five days. Next time however, they may not be so lucky…

Lightening strikes are not uncommon in Rwanda and the risks are very real, especially at a school. To prevent any further accidents, this project will now become a priority.

Barnes Primary School raised over £4,000 at their annual   ‘Run for Rusuzumiro’ on Friday 25 May 2018, a Barnes Bake Off  and a Y4 birthday party dance off. As a result this project is now due for completion in July/August 2018.

Installation cost: Approx: GBP £3,500 – 4,000                                           (any additional money raised will go teaching resources for the teacher training trip planned for July 2018 and a small amount to cover ground transport for teachers duringtheir stay in Rwanda).


  • Completed July 2018
    360 health insurance cards for low income families (a £3 health card gives a person annual access to the government health care system)
  • Completed March 2018
    360 uniforms for children from low income families
  • Completed November 2017
    Transportation of Book Aid International books from Kigali to Rusuzumiro School

We’re now fundraising towards…

  • Lightening conductors (project in progress) 
  • ICT equipment to improve communication between the schools and ICT skills generally
  • Fence around perimeter of school
  • Teaching resources, including whiteboards and pens
  • DVD player for libary to watch non-fiction DVDs
  • Sound system for assemblies

Barnes & Rusuzumiro School Partnership in Numbers

  • 2,500 lunches
  • 1 school library with four bookcases
  • 1 washroom building with sick bay and toilets
  • 1 retaining wall
  • 8 new toilets
  • Connection to mains electricity supply to light school classrooms
  • 450 brand new books from Book Aid International
  • 360 health insurance cards
  • 14 in-classroom library corners with books
  • 860 school uniforms since the partnership began
  • 100 items of sports kit from National Tennis Association
  • 300 sharpeners
  • 300 erasers
  • 243 lunch plates
  • 1,200 pencils
  • 10 footballs and some bouncy balls
  • 1 sewage pump system
  • 1 mobile science lab
  • 1 photocopier
  • Printer toner cartridges
  • 2 laptops
  • 2 iPads
  • Repointing brick walls in classrooms
  • Numeracy, science & literacy resources
  • 1 projector and screen
  • 4 mobile phones

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UK registered charity number: 1127976