Guiding in Rwanda began in 1962 with the help of members of the Guides Catholiques de Belgique. However, due to the lack of support from local leaders, interest in the Movement dwindled after independence later that year. In 1967, Guiding was revived as a branch of the Scout Association. The Girl Guides set up their own organization, the Fédération des Guides du Rwanda in 1972 with a small team responsible for administration.
The Federation was composed of two Associations, the Association des Guides Catholiques and the Association des Guides Protestantes. A proposal was made in 1974 to form a single association, and the first National Assembly accepted this idea two years later. In 1977, the Constitution was accepted at a general meeting, a permanent national team was appointed, and a work plan was drawn up. The Association des Guides du Rwanda (AGR) received official government recognition in 1980.
Unfortunately, many Rwandan girl guides were killed during the 1994 Tutsi Genocide, and obviously, the organization’s infrastructure was destroyed. Thanks to Pfadfinderinnenschaft St. Georg, the Guides Catholiques de Belgique and other partners, the AGR resumed its work in Rwanda in 1995. With the Peace Campaign (Campagne d’Action pour la Paix), the Guiding movement revived, reunited members and continued to empower girls, young women and the Rwandan community. In 2002, the AGR became a full member to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. It currently has more than 15,000 active members.
Across all 30 Districts of Rwanda, more than 700 skilled volunteers deliver non-formal education, at the core of which is the empowerment of girls to understand the way that they can achieve positive change in their community
The AGR currently counts over 16,000 members across the country, divided into four branches:
- Bergeronnettes: 5 – 12 years old
- Guides: 13 – 17 years old
- Routières: 18 – 35 years old
- Cadres/ Trefoil Guild: 36 years old and above
STRATEGIC PLAN 2017-2021
Our Strategic Plan for 2021 was created through extensive consultation with our key stakeholders across Rwanda. As a powerful statement for our vision of the future, this strategic plan is designed to set up Guiding in Rwanda for success.
The 5 year-strategic plan relies on the following strategic pillars:
- Strategic Objective 1: Strong and Growing Membership
- Strategic Objective 2: Dynamic Girl Guiding Programming
- Strategic Objective 3: Brand Recognition
- Strategic Objective 4: Financial Sustainability
- Strategic Objective 5: Facility Management
All girls and young women are responsible for their socio-economic development and participate in the change of the country.
Enabling girls and young women to acquire skills leading to their development and autonomy and to become agents of positive change as responsible citizens.
RWANDA GUIDE LAW
- A Guide keeps her word
- A Guide is loyal
- A Guide makes herself useful and helps others
- A Guide is a friend to all and a sister to every other Guide
- A Guide is polite
- A Guide loves and respects nature
- A Guide obeys joyfully and does nothing by halves
- A Guide is courageous and good tempered
- A Guide is thrifty and respects other people’s belongings
- A Guide is unaffected and pure
- Offer girls and young women an independent adventure to develop moral character based on their beliefs.
- Encourage girls and young women to be agents of positive change within their communities in Rwanda and around the world.
- Maintain a girl-centred organization founded on Girl Guiding values.
- Improve girls’ and women’s socio-economic lives.
Girl Guiding is established across all 30 Districts of Rwanda. The AGR does not operate in a "command and control" style, relying instead on teams of staff and volunteers. The following organogram allows the AGR leadership team to manage growth and change more effectively and allows employees and volunteers to better fit into the AGR’s overall scheme