We are currently running a three-month pilot of the Speaking Lab in three secondary schools and one Technical and Vocational Center in Kigali, Rwanda. This is being funded through sponsorship from the Imbuto Foundation until December 2016. The four Speaking Labs are located in three districts within Kigali city: Kicukiro, Gasabo and Nyarugenge districts.
At the beginning of the pilot, our team brought together 30 students from each school to form a Speaking Lab. In total, we therefore have 120 students being trained during weekly two-hour sessions on public speaking and leadership skills development by our team.
For each Speaking Lab, we have assigned a trainer who guides the students as they take either a speaking and/or evaluation-focused role. We have a monitoring and evaluation officer that receives a weekly report from each trainer after a session and prepares a condensed report of all the sessions that have taken place that week.
The project is now in its 8th week and is steadily growing by attracting more students who wish to be part of it. The Speaking Lab team in its entirety is made up of two coordinators, four trainers and one monitoring and evaluation officer.