ChildFund Korea Gives Children in Rwanda a Head Start
- by ChildFund Korea
ChildFund Rwanda, a program of ChildFund Korea, was established in 2016. It supports vulnerable children and their families.
Education is key if Rwanda is to achieve its goal of becoming a middle income country by 2020. In several communities, ChildFund Rwanda is ensuring access to quality early childhood education, which has a well-established link to improved school achievement and success later in life.
ChildFund Korea’s Early Childhood Education Gives Children in Rwanda a Head Start
ChildFund Rwanda, a program of ChildFund Korea, ensures access to quality early childhood education (ECE), which has a well-established link to improved school achievement and success later in life.
Early childhood education lowers primary school dropout rates by enhancing children’s preparedness to cope with the formal school environment.
ChildFund Rwanda takes a broad approach to school readiness for primary school, defined by four dimensions: ready parents; ready preschools; ready communities; and ready children. The first three dimensions are preconditions to achieving children ready for school.
Increased Access to Early Childhood Education
To ensure better access to quality early childhood education, ChildFund Rwanda is building ECE centers in the Jabana, Jali and Bumbogo sectors in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. Each center will have, at minimum, 3 classrooms, an administration block, a demonstration kitchen, a multi-purpose hall, latrines with hand-washing stations and a playground with recreational equipment. ChildFund is also providing school supplies and supervision/training.
Empowered and Responsive Parents
To strengthen positive parenting practices and knowledge, ChildFund Rwanda is mobilizing and organizing parent groups and providing workshops on issues such as nutrition, basic sanitation and child protection.
In December 2016, ChildFund Rwanda selected trainers from the Jabana sector community and provided trainings to enable them to deliver parenting workshops to households in Kidashya.
ChildFund Rwanda has created five parent groups, with 180 members. The parents are being trained by community volunteers to enhance the understanding of child development in five villages in the Kidashya cell in Jabana sector. They meet twice a week over the course of seven weeks.
Supportive and caring community
To facilitate community-driven outreach on the importance of early childhood education, ChildFund Rwanda formed an ECE committee in Kidashya. Seven ECE committee members reached more than 480 people in eight villages.
In 2017, ChildFund plans to scale up its advocacy program and bring together different organizations and local communities to increase their impact.
ChildFund Rwanda celebrated International Day of African Child on June 16, 2016 to promote togetherness and raise awareness on children’s right to education.
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