Rwanda expands beyond gorilla tourism | rwanda safari trips


In Rwanda, the shift to English language education has the country looking abroad for  teachers. The World Bank gives Rwanda $70 million to reduce the student-teacher ratio, now 63:1. The Dutch consider cutting aid, given this summer’s troublesome news cycle. This after the Dutch, in 2008, froze direct budget support because of Rwandan dealings in Congo – the latest allegations of which the government denies.

Rwanda donated $1 million to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, joining 8 other countries that both give to and receive from the fund. On Sunday, the country inked a $379 million deal with the Global Fund. And tourism may grow beyond gorillas.

“We would like to show people not just the genocide, but Rwanda’s history before colonization, before the genocide,” the head of tourism said.

Uganda wants more “water tourism,” focused on the country’s lakes and rivers. The Nile continues to lose white water to the controversial Bujagali Dam project, threatening a $1 million rafting tourism industry, thousands of fishing jobs, and the only people I’ve ever seen willing to swim a rapid holding only a jerry can for about $3.

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