My name is Umutoni Bernice. I am a 20 years old student at White Dove Girls School in the 12th grade I am studying computer science. I’ve been here for 3 years and it’s the best school that I have ever studied in.
At the end of 2014, I came to Rwanda from Burundi. It was my first time in Rwanda. In 2015 I started my first year in and because I came from a francophone school it was really hard for me to study in anglophone system.
During that time I didn’t have any friends or someone in my family who would lend a hand in my studies but White Dove teachers did everything they could to make sure that I was successful in my studies.
On my first day at White Dove, I found myself in class of only 12 students. I asked myself, “What is this? Am I dreaming?” The reality that we were only 12 was a miracle for me because it was my first time to be in such class. But slowly I discovered that it doesn’t matter how many students are in class; because White Dove is small but a very strong school.
I didn’t believe that I could succeed because I used to thing that every class was hard and I was used to learning in French and not in English. My teachers and my classmates told me that if I work hard everything will be better. I started reading like never before, asking questions when I did understand and revising everything we learned. The advices of my teachers and my classmates turned me into a very hard working person and I became very successful in school.
At the beginning of my first year, the Head of School told us that if we work hard and we get good results we could receive academic scholarships. I have attended White Dove on an academic scholarship for the last two years maintaining an A average.
The reason that I think that White Dove is stronger than other schools even though it is still small, is that it provides opportunities to every student to contribute in different activities in country and even outside of the country. Other schools do not do that so much for their students. Even the teachers in White Dove Girls School are not only teachers but also our like parents giving us advices which assist us in our everyday life.
There are many things about being at White Dove that has changed in my life like. I am more conscious of time management, team work, individuality, loving each other and enduring etc…. Now I don’t only consider White Dove as school but also a family for me.