This morning after our first Civitas breakfast – a feast of fruits, cereal, toast, and omelet washed down with African tea and coffee – we made the time-honored walk to the college. We were a little later than when we usually do this walk first thing in the morning and it was already extremely hot. We were immediately struck by how busy everywhere was. The streets were full of people, buses and taxi-motorbikes. New buildings we passed included hotels, a new Police Headquarters and the relocated Rwandan Board of Education, which has moved next door to the College. Although the former Kigali Institute of Education (KIE) is now the University of Rwanda College of Education (URCE), the surroundings remain familiar – another homecoming.
We met with Jean and Leon and the Head of Department, Dr. Emmanuel Ahimana to finalize the schedule. We were impressed by the time and money the College has obviously invested in supporting all drama students to be present for the full two weeks. We also discovered that the final year (Level 5) drama students would be graduating on our last day in Rwanda at a ceremony in which Leon himself will be receiving his graduate degree!
After the meetings, we wandered through the local market, renewing our acquaintance with arts and crafts stallholders, before taking refreshment across the road. Suitably fortified, we took a packed bus back to the hotel.
We look forward to our students and Professor Green arriving tomorrow!
Helen & Chris