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Thriving in front of a blackboard

 

After fleeing civil unrest in Burundi, Lydiella and her family found safety in Rwanda, where the 13-year-old was eager to resume her studies. But classes were conducted in English, not the French she was taught in her homeland. Undaunted, this teenager learned a new language despite only knowing a few words at first. Now it’s her favorite subject.

Today, Lydiella never hesitates when called to the blackboard, especially during English class. With chalk in hand, she confidently diagrams sentences and masters the rules of grammar. She hopes to return to Burundi one day, where she has big plans:

"If one day I return to Burundi, I will teach others English because it is important," she says. "It is spoken around the whole world and so I think if people learn it, it will help them in their life."

In the meantime, Lydiella inspires the younger students in her school, including Zaluich.

Lydiella’s fellow student, Zaulich, also enjoys English class.

Lydiella's fellow student, Zaulich, also enjoys English class.

Jules Ntarindwa relies on the blackboard to teach English to Lydiella, Zaulich and their fellow students at Paysannat primary school, near Mahama refugee camp in Rwanda.

Jules Ntarindwa relies on the blackboard to teach English to Lydiella, Zaulich and their fellow students at Paysannat primary school, near Mahama refugee camp in Rwanda.

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