Historical Background

1957: The school inception by his lordship Aloys BIGIRUMWAMI, the bishop of Nyundo Catholic Diocese » under the name of «Institut Notre Dame de l’Étoile». At that time the school was entrusted to the care of “FRERES DES ECOLES CHRETIENNES.” It started as a school of “moniteurs.” (N.B. This school before opening its door in Musanze in 1957, had already started in BUHAMBE near BYUMBA in 1952-1953 school year.)

1964 -1965 : Opening of scientific option in addition to pedagogical one. The school took a new name «École des Humanités Scientifiques» 1974: (At the end of 1973 – 1974 school year). Les Frѐres des Ecoles Chrétiennes left the school and handed it to the Catholic Diocese of RUHENGERI by then the owner of the school.

1974 – 1975: The Diocese entrusts the management of the school to a lay person.

1975: The Diocese entrusted the school to the “ Congregation des Frѐres Maristes.” At that time it changed the name to «Collège des Humanités Modernes»

1981: The general scientific training was divided into two branches; “ Bio-chimie and Math-Physique”.

1981-1982: The school got the name of ECOLE DES SCIENCES DE MUSANZE

1986: The school which was only for boys, received the first girls

1991: Opening of teaching training option “Normale Primaire”. Thus, the school took the name of «GROUPE SCOLAIRE DE MUSANZE»

1993: The “Frѐres Maristes” left Musanze, the diocesan priests took over the school management.

1994 (APRIL): GENOCIDE of the Tutsi in Rwanda. The school closed its doors.

1995 (APRIL): Reopening of the school, still under the responsibility of Ruhengeri Catholic Diocese, but headed by the laity (1995-2002).

2002/2003: The school management is re-entrusted to the Diocesan Priests until now. Today the school carries the name of ‘École des Sciences de MUSANZE’ (E.Sc.M. in initials), with its «baptism name» NOTRE DAME DE L’ÉTOILE.

SCHOOL LEADERSHIP SINCE ITS FOUNDATION

LES FRERES DES ECOLES CHRETIENNES

1. 1957 – 1964: Brother Alphonse WILLEMSEN
2. 1964 – 1974: Brother KEUST JOSEPH
SCHOOL MANAGEMENT AFTER THE DEPARTURE OF “FRERES DES ECOLES CHRETIENNES
3. 1974 -1975: Mr. NKUNDAYEZU ALPHONSE – LAY PERSON

LES FRERES MARISTES

4. 1975 – 1988: Rev. Brother NKURUNZIZA Pascal – “un frère Mariste”

5. 1988 – 1993: Rev. Brother NTAGANDA GONZALVE.

LES PRETRES DIOCESAINS

6. 1993 – 1994 : Father NIZEYUMUREMYI PATRICE – a diocesan priest (UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO SAD EVENT, GENOCIDE WHICH TOOK PLACE IN APRIL 1994, THIS YEAR DID NOT FINISH )

SCHOOL MANAGEMENT AFTER GENOCIDE

7. 1995 (April) – 2002: MR. RWANYENYERI AUGUSTIN – A LAY MAN

8. 2001 – 2003: Mr. HABUMUREMYI GASPARD

9. 2003 – 2006: Father EUGENE NIYIGENA

10. 2007 – Today: Father Jean Claude MBONIMPA

11. Since June 2018 – Today: Father Florent NIKWIGIZE

Done on 06th November 2019.
By Fr. Florent NIKWIGIZE, Head Teacher


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