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Jean-Luc Rwogera

His story

The vocation of teacher was born in Jean-Luc after a trip to Haiti in 2009, where he taught English and French on a voluntary basis in a disadvantaged district of the capital, nicknamed Canapé Vert.

 

Born in Rwanda (Kigali) in 1986, he fled the country with his family during the Rwandan genocide of 1994. And since 1997, he has lived in Belgium. He now has both nationalities. But, between these two roots, he also lived in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, Cameroon, Haiti, Switzerland and the United States. It is notably through all these travels that his passion for languages ​​was born.

 

In Belgium, he lived for a long time in the French-speaking part (Wallonia), before leaving it - at the end of his adolescence - for Brussels. Against all expectations, he chose a Dutch-speaking school, in the heart of the European capital, because he longed for an ever more cosmopolitan environment. Since then, he has continued his studies in Dutch. More precisely, at the University of Ghent, where he obtained his master's degree in African linguistics. And later, his teaching diploma at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

 

In addition to languages, Jean-Luc is also passionate about sociology (his late father was a sociologist, in the Durkheimian tradition). The modern works of Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault and Angela Davis are his favourites. In 2019, Jean-Luc worked for the Vrije Universiteit Brussel as a researcher on young people from Brussels with an immigrant background.

However, in 2021, he returned to teaching (still in Brussels), because that is his true vocation. Its objective is to create and promote a (new) type of education, inclusive, which puts on an equal footing the pan-African and European heritages. And that starting with the school curriculum.

 

Finally, Jean-Luc speaks Kinyarwanda, French, English, Dutch and Lingala. Her other passions are dancing, swimming, running and - above all - writing essays and fiction.

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