Case Study: Teaching GIS at Rwandan Secondary Schools

ArcNews April, 2008

Academic Instruction Youth-and-Community

Situated two degrees south latitude alongside the African rift valley, Rwanda appears a little squeezed between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania. The northern and southern neighbors, Uganda and Burundi, provide the main access to this poor, landlocked country with one of the highest population densities in Africa. Due to its central location, Rwanda unites English and French language regions and plays a linking role for neighboring countries. However, it is not only for the multilingual character but also for the mountains and water resources that Rwanda sometimes is called the "Switzerland of Africa."