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Marie Grace Giramahoro

Pearson Fellow

MPP Candidate

Marie Grace Giramahoro is a first year MPP candidate at Harris School of Public Policy. She has a keen interest in education policy, particularly how education equity can be advanced through addressing disparities in education opportunity and attainment.   

Prior to her time at the University of Chicago, Grace worked as a Research intern in the Research and Evaluation Department of the Global Education, Employment and Engagement Business Unit at FHI 360. In that capacity, she supported the USAID funded Elimu ni Jibu project that aims at improving the well being of populations affected by conflicts and crises through increased access, inclusive, quality, and gender-sensitive education services in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She also contributed to research studies in early childhood development policy implementation by conducting literature reviews, providing data collection support and conducting data analysis.

Grace has also worked with underprivileged communities in countries such as Rwanda, Kenya, and India. Her work involved conducting ethical assessment of contemporary social issues and analyzing how these are being addressed in various countries. She is very passionate about the economic growth and development of her country, Rwanda and the wider continent of Africa. During her spare time, Grace enjoys doing community service, traveling, exploring new restaurants, and watching movies.  

Grace has a Bachelor of Science in International Agriculture and Rural Development with a concentration in Economics and Development, and a minor in Business from Cornell University.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.