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Star School Music Program

Kigali, Rwanda

In 2013, The Playing For Change Foundation established a long-term partnership with Star School, which is located in Masaka, just outside the capital of Kigali. Star School instructs over 700 children in its nursery, primary, and secondary schools.  The school grounds include dormitories, a library, computer room, farm, greenhouse, and science laboratory. There is also a “football” (soccer) field, volleyball court, and basketball court.

Although Star School accepts fee-paying students, about 200 children rely on sponsorship to attend the school. Sponsored students come from at-risk backgrounds — orphans, former street boys, children of prostitutes and street beggars, missing parents, or jobless parents with an inability to pay school fees. These students live in Star School’s on-campus dormitories and receive meals, clothes, medical care, and education.  The program extends PFCF’s work with orphans, which began in 2010 with when we joined LEAF International to help provide drum and dance training to the LEAF Intore Cultural Troupe, a group of young, many of whom grew up on the streets of Kigali, Rwanda’s capital.

The music and sports program provides music instruction in traditional dance, drumming as well as keyboards and guitar taught by two dynamic instructors. Star School is the first PFCF music program to include sports as a part of its curriculum with a thriving soccer program reaching an even greater number of youth.

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Jane's father is a farmer and her mother is a trader, and she has 8 siblings (5 sisters... more


Apr 17, 2014

Jean Paul Samputu on Music and Forgiveness, 20 Years After the Rwandan Genocide

By Playing For Change Foundation

Twenty years ago, Rwandan musician Jean Paul Samputu was one of the few members of his immediate family who was not killed during the genocide. Here, he speaks with us about his journey to survive, to forgive and to begin again. Music was critical to him finding his way. more

Life in the Community

The Star school is a primary and secondary school that provides education for more than 600 children. Nearly 200 of them stay at the school the all week. It is located in the village of Masaka, 10 miles East of Kigali.

What We're Learning

  • Traditional Music, Dance & Sports

    The Star School Music and Sports program provides percussion and dance classes to over 50 children twice a week as well as sports training to the students of the primary and secondary school at Star School.



Drum and dance teacher Star School Music & Sports Program, Kigali, Rwanda. Samuel... more


Maths teacher Star School Music & Sports Program, Kigali, Rwanda Ezequiel is a... more


Sports educator Star School Music & Sports Program Emmanuel is a sports educator... more