l Browse all programs

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.

Follow this program on Facebook

Other Ways To Give

Djembe (Hand Drum)

Locally made instrument benefiting a child and village craftsman.

Give this item

One Month's Salary

Provides one month's salary for a music teacher in Nepal.

Give this item

Meet our Students


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


May 09, 2016

More Music, More Positive Change in Rwanda

In 2013, Playing For Change Foundation partnered with Star School, a Primary and Secondary school in Kigali, Rwanda, to offer a music and sports program to the children. Now three years into the partnership, the music program is thriving and recently expanded to include more classes, more teachers and more students... 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.

Ezequiel Tuyishime

Ezequiel works as a Maths teacher at Star School. He administrates and assists the music... more

Emmanuel Ndayizeye
Traditional Dance and Drumming Teacher

Emmanuel is a wonderful teacher and a skilled artist. Born in Kigali, he directs the... more

Robert Niyikiza
Music teacher

Robert was born in Kigali to a musical family and started to play music at a very early... more

Emmanuel Ntwari
Sports Educator

Emmanuel is a sports educator specialized in volley ball and soccer. more