Guiding Principles

The following fifteen (15) principles represent the beliefs, aspirations and impact Muhairwe Education Trust Ltd (METL) is intended to achieve. The principles guide what plan to do, why we do it, and how we do it. While many of them are fundamental to the way we operate, we will remain open to amending them as we grow and learn more about our work.

Guiding Principle 1: Benevolence is critical in our plans but has a limited role.

Guiding Principle 2: Education with emphasis on research, science and technology remain the cornerstone of economic and social development to improve human lives around the world.

Guiding Principle 3: The Trust is a funder – it relies on the commitment of the beneficiary to concentrate and achieve life- objectives .

Guiding Principle 4: Our focus is clear-cut; it is limited and addresses priority areas of need in promoting education in an equitable manner.

Guiding Principle 5: We identify a specific point of intervention, within a given framework of priority areas, and apply our efforts against a theory of equitable education.

Guiding Principle 6: We are not risk-averse: we move in to help the needy, make meaningful follow up; the choice is up to the beneficiary to drive his/her vision home.

Guiding Principle 7: We advocate—vigorously but carefully—in our areas of focus..

Guiding Principle 8: We are humble and mindful in our actions and words. We seek and heed the counsel of outside stakeholders.

Guiding Principle 9: We treat our grantees as valued partners, and we treat the ultimate beneficiaries of our work with respect..

Guiding Principle 10: Delivering results with the resources we have been given is of the utmost importance—and we seek and share information about those results.

Guiding Principle 11: We demand ethical behavior of ourselves.

Guiding Principle 12: We treat each other as valued colleagues..

Guiding Principle 13: Meeting our mandate—to increase opportunity and equity for those most in need—requires great stewardship of the money we have available.

Guiding Principle 14: We leave room for innovation and creativity

Guiding Principle 15: We act with transparency, speed and simplicity