In a world where education is the cornerstone of development, one young entrepreneur is making waves by nurturing the youngest minds. Meet Esperance Akingeneye, a visionary with an unwavering love for children and a burning passion for education. Her journey led to the creation of HOBE, a preschool, and nursery that’s redefining early childhood education.
From Dream to Reality: The Birth of HOBE
Esperance Akingeneye’s journey began with a dream – a dream to provide young children with a strong foundation for their future learning and development. In 2017, this dream took its first steps as she conceptualized HOBE, a haven for children aged three to five years old. HOBE isn’t just a preschool; it’s a place where young minds blossom.
Empowering Early Learners: The HOBE Approach
HOBE’s mission goes beyond basic education. It’s a holistic program designed to nurture young children’s growth in various dimensions. Through interactive activities and carefully crafted curricula, HOBE offers an array of benefits that shape young minds for a lifetime:
Social and Emotional Development: By fostering interactions with peers and encouraging emotional resilience, HOBE helps children build essential social skills that will serve them well throughout their lives.
Cognitive Skill Building: HOBE understands that the early years are a critical period for cognitive development. Through language enrichment, problem-solving challenges, and critical thinking exercises, young learners are primed for success.
Cultivating Creativity: Art, music, and play are not just leisure activities at HOBE – they’re tools that unleash children’s creative potential, allowing them to explore and express themselves freely.
Preparation for Formal Schooling: HOBE prepares children for the future by instilling qualities like teamwork, following instructions, and active listening – all vital skills for formal schooling and beyond.
Safe and Nurturing Environment: At HOBE, safety and nurturing are paramount. A supportive environment ensures that children can learn, grow, and flourish with confidence.
Esperance’s journey from idea to action was catalyzed by DOT Rwanda’s Daring to Shift project funded by Global Affair Canada under the pillar of Social Entrepreneurship to support young women and men (aged 18 -35 years) to identify opportunities to make a difference in their communities and turn their business ideas into enterprises that address important community challenges. This organization provided not only the seed capital but also crucial entrepreneurship training that turned her vision into reality. Esperance’s gratitude for DOT Rwanda’s support shines brightly, as they played a pivotal role in bringing HOBE to life.
A Vision for the Future: Scaling for Greater Impact
HOBE’s journey has only just begun. With a resolute vision, Esperance aims to expand her initiative into a comprehensive education center for children. Her dream extends beyond the walls of the preschool, reaching towards a broader goal of impacting a significant number of children, and contributing to the development of her country and the entire continent.
Esperance Akingeneye’s story is a testament to the power of passion, education, and unwavering dedication. Through HOBE, she is sowing the seeds of tomorrow’s leaders, one young mind at a time. Her journey inspires us all to invest in the potential of our youngest generation, as they hold the keys to a brighter future.
Written by Alain Remy Mutuzo
DOT Rwanda YLAB Member