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Sussex researcher inspires future generations with opening of science library in Rwanda

A project led by a University of Sussex researcher has resulted in the creation of a science library in a secondary school in Rwanda.

Dr Marie-Fabrice Gasasira Uwamahoro, a research technician at the University’s world-renowned Genome Damage and Stability Centre(GDSC), launched an appeal in the summer to raise £4,000 to create a permanent resource which would encourage the next generation of scientists in her homeland.

Thanks to generous donations from across the UK, including Worth School in Crawley and Cardinal Newman Catholic School in Hove, 1,314 books covering biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics were taken to the new resource this month.

The books were delivered to Groupe Scolaire Mater Dei secondary school in Nyanza, a city in southern Rwanda, around 100km from the capital Kigali, which will be home to the science library.

The Rwandan Ministry of Education have agreed that opportunities will be made for students from other schools to use the library, meaning Dr Gasasira’s resource will inspire many more students.