We had done volunteer teacher training in Kenya for several years when we first journeyed to Rwanda. What we found was a country of optimism and enthusiasm, and a country that desperately wanted to learn English. Rwanda has no natural resources, so they are changing from a subsistence farming economy to an international one based on IT, business services, and tourism. That requires English. They are also surrounded by English-speaking countries. Although the country switched from French to English in 2009, only 7% of the population speaks English.

We returned the next year with enough funding to provide oral English training to 20 teachers in 2 schools. We ended up with 60 teachers in 3 schools. Now we have training requests from more schools, from the district government offices, and from the mayor of the largest town in the district. This year, we return to train more teachers, start programs in preschool, and expand into the community. Rwanda needs English now if it is to meet the needs and expectations of its citizens and continue being a model for all of Africa.

The Rwanda English Project is an initiative of Effective School Practices, an Oregon 501(c)3 non-profit formed in 2006. The mission of ESP is to promote and implement research-proven instructional programs and teaching techniques to benefit low income, disadvantaged, and at risk students of any age.

The directors of the Rwanda English Project are:

Donald Steely
University of Illinois            B.S. Psychology
University of Oregon          M.S. Special Education
Honolulu University            Ph.D. Curriculum Design
Co-Author on 2 professional textbooks, 7 instructional print programs, and 9 instructional multi-media programs; Principal Investigator on 13 educational grants totaling $7 million. Teacher training, program implementation, and evaluation for 8 years in American Samoa.

Deborah Steely, M.S.
University of Oregon           B.S. Psychology
University of Oregon           M.S .Special Education
Managed school reform models in Detroit, MI; Philadelphia, PA; Atlanta, GA, Fort Worth, TX, Los Angeles, CA; Washington DC, IA, ML, MN, ND, HI, AK, Guam, Kenya, and Rwanda. Trained teachers from all states and all countries. Presented at numerous national conferences on education,

The REP office is located at KK15 Road and KK395 Street, Unit 4, Kigali, Rwanda  


Effective School Practices Board of Directors

Douglas Carnine
University of Illinois                 B.S. Psychology                      
University of Oregon              M.S. Special Education
University of Utah                   Ph.D.  Teaching and Learning
Professor emeritus University of Oregon; 100 plus scholarly publications; 50 text books; ranging from kindergarten mathematics to college level computer science; University of Oregon Ersted Award for outstanding University teaching; Life Time Achievement Award from the Council for Exceptional Children; received a Presidential appointment to the National Institute For Literacy; 10 years at UO devoted to policy work advocating for the use of evidence-based practices in education; Buddhist lay minister working in hospice and with prisoners.

Linda Carnine
Lewis and Clark College         B.A. Psychology
University of Illinois M.A.         Educational Psychology
University of Oregon Ph.D.      Curriculum and Instruction
Classroom teacher; school principal; special education director; provided technical assistance of reading and language implementations in 20 states and 6 countries; instructional program co-author.

John Mugabo
University of Rwanda               B.A. Education
Mt. Kenya University                 MBA
Classroom teacher; education manager for Orphans of Rwanda; education technician and coordinator for Millennium Villages; Director UN Millennium Promise Rwanda

Jerry Silbert
City College of New York        B.B.A.
University of Minnesota          M.Ed.                      
University of Oregon               M.S. Special Education
co-author of 12 instructional programs and three instructional texts for pre-service teachers on teaching reading and teaching mathematics; consultant to schools in Los Angeles, Miami, Jacksonville, Chicago, Baltimore and Dayton, Ohio; work with community advocacy group to improve public education.

Donald Steely

Deborah Steely

Scott Wilber, CPA

The ESP office is located at 31952 Bobcat Lane, Eugene, OR 97405-9782

                                        MISSION and VISION STATEMENTS

The mission of ESP is to promote and implement research-proven instructional programs and teaching techniques to benefit low income, disadvantaged, and at risk students of any age.

The mission of the Rwanda English Project is to help Rwanda become a middle-class nation by providing research-proven spoken English training across the spectrum of users.

Our vision is that by 2022 trained instructors will be able to provide researched-proven spoken English training to all teachers, students, and community and business leaders in the Bugesera District.

Please read our Five Year Plan