Taylor Smith

BY Taylor Smith  •  Development and Community Manager

World-Changers: Meet our New Student Representatives in Rwanda!

At These Numbers Have Faces, we’re passionate about empowering the next generation of leaders in Africa. During our monthly trainings for our scholars, the topic of leadership is always on the table.

Like Cory Baker said, we believe “leadership is not a position or a title, it is action and example.”


Our first Student Representatives, Jessica and Collins (center), stand with Jackie (left) and Modeste (right), the newly elected Student Representatives for the 2015-16 school year!

When we held our second-annual Student Representative election in Rwanda, were we surprised by the number of students who wanted to run? No way! We believe all our scholars are capable and skilled leaders.

As voted on by their peers, Modeste and Jackie are the These Numbers Have Faces Student Representatives for the 2015-16 school year!

As student representatives, Modeste and Jackie will assist our staff in Rwanda with events, speak to students at secondary schools about These Numbers Have Faces, and help us identify ways we can improve our program.

We asked Modeste and Jackie to share with us about their thoughts on leadership and hopes for the coming year. Here’s what they had to say!

Meet Jackie!
Agribusiness, National University of Rwanda

Why did you decide to run for the position of Student Representative?

I have been a These Numbers Have Faces scholar for two years and feel I have gained a lot of skills in that time. I wanted a platform for practicing all those skills and to serve people who I know and respect.

What is one way you hope this position as a Student Representative will help you grow as a leader?

It will help me experience a diversity of ideas and attitudes, which will help me know how to live and work peacefully with all kinds of people, and be able to fit in every community.

What do you hope to accomplish as a Student Representative?

I will lay a foundation for all scholars to develop their skills, not only in knowledge from class, but in a practical field for how we can become real leaders and world changers from These Numbers Have Faces. I also hope to make These Numbers Have Faces Rwanda a loving home where everyone feels comfortable and loved.

Meet Modeste!
Humanities, National University of Rwanda

Why did you decide to run for the position of Student Representative?

I have always felt that leadership is part of my life. I have always been eager to represent each and every community I've lived in, since it provides with me experience in working with different people and expands my knowledge and confidence through serving others. These Number Have Faces scholars are brilliant, and I want to learn from them. After nine leadership training sessions, I wouldn’t hesitate to stand for that position.

What did you talk about in your election speech?

I reminded my fellow students that we have started a very long journey since we entered University and our These Numbers Have Faces family. A big number of people are starving and suffering outside, and they are waiting for our help. We should be part of the world-changers by performing excellently at school, since education is the only way we can make the world a better place.

What is one way you hope this position as a Student Representative will help you grow as a leader?

Leading 74 students will provide me with enough experience that I can be able to lead even more than that. It will help me to be responsible in everything I will do in the future.


A group of scholars gather to pray for the leadership of our newly elected Student Representatives.


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