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ERIC Number: EJ783933
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0734-6670
Yves: Hope against the Odds
Morgan, Joyce Vining
Journal of College Admission, n192 p6-9 Sum 2006
This article relates the story of Jean-Yves Ngabonziza, a full-need international student. During his senior year, on Rwandan National Mourning Day, April 6, 19-year-old Yves spoke to the entire school community for the first time about his past and the past of his native country. He began with the history of central Africa, introduced the factions of the Rwandan conflict, described the genocide ("a civil war that erupted into genocide"), told how it played out and resolved. It was a remarkably professional presentation, in Yves' fourth language. Yves' education was made possible by the efforts of a Chicago-based Congolese man intent upon establishing a foundation for young Central Africans to be educated in the United States. With the assurance that his organization would provide for Yves' postsecondary education, Yves received a full scholarship package and stipend. The author contends that if individual philanthropists and foundations could match a college offer of a full tuition grant, third-world students would be amply supported--and many colleges can make that offer. If more high schools could prepare third-world students for their colleges, there would be little risk to accepting them to study for the B. A. and beyond. The Congolese scholar placed a number of Rwandan and Congolese young people in various independent boarding schools. Every one of these schools nurtured the international students through culture shock and adjustment to a new academic environment, taught them English and prepared them to flourish in college. All they need, to release their unlimited potential, is continued financial support.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; Congo; Rwanda