Early childhood development

Early childhood development




New Early Childhood Development centre welcomes over 706 children at Mogombwa camp
7 July 2015 - Today 706 children at the Mugombwa refugee camp in Gisagara District, the Southern Province of Rwanda are moving from the five temporary tents to the new Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre.

On the Day of the African Child, Rwanda accelerates efforts in Early Childhood Development
16 June 2015 – Today, Rwanda is commemorating the Day of the African Child under the theme “Accelerating our common efforts for Early Childhood Development in Rwanda”.

IKEA Foundation contributes US$31.5 million to UNICEF in five countries to help advance children’s rights; Rwanda receives US$5.5 million
18 November 2014 – To mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, IKEA Foundation is boosting its commitment to children with six new grants to UNICEF, amounting to US$31.5 million.

Learning through Play: Enhancing the skills of pre-primary school teachers across Rwanda
15 October 2014 - “This toy helps children develop fine motor skills,” Claudine, a pre-primary school teacher from Kamonyi District, says as she strings a piece of red thread through the tops of several pens..

Strengthening the capacity of pre-primary practitioners in Rwanda
17 March 2014 - Sector Education Officers, Inspectors, tutors from Teacher Training Colleges and civil society organizations were divided in two groups and began a week-long National Training on Play-Based Learning through the use of UNICEF ECD kits.

Children receive much needed Early Childhood Development and Family (ECD&F) support in Kigeme Refugee camp
November 2013 - "I didn't realize toys could be so interesting and educational. I feel like a child today. I can’t wait to play with my children!" exclaims Clemens, a 57 -year-old mother leader who supports home-based ECD services in Kigeme refugee camp.

News note: New Early Childhood Development and Family Centre ensures the best start in life for children of Kayonza
12 July 2013. – Rwanda’s first Early Childhood Development and Family Centre was launched today in Nyagatovu Village, Kayonza District following the partnership between the Imbuto Foundation and UNICEF, as part of One UN in Rwanda.

Bringing early childhood development to refugee children
December 2012 – The handclapping gets louder and louder as the hundreds of onlookers cheer for their six young friends from the Democratic Republic of Congo who dance in front of the new education facilities.

Rwanda’s strong will to give her Children the Best Possible Start in Life
19 April 2012: Her Excellency Jeannette Kagame, the First Lady of the Republic of Rwanda and Guest of Honour opened the Early Childhood Development (ECD) National Stakeholders Meeting and launched the Global Action week.

Refugee parents praise new ECD centres
March 2012: Gihembe Refugee Camp is situated near Byumba town in the Northern Province of Rwanda, some 60 km from the capital Kigali. More than 20,000 Congolese refugees live in a small camp area established back in 1997.

A stimulating beginning
February 2011 - Every day, children under the age of five are dropped by their parents at Nyange Early Childhood Centre in Musanze, about two hours out of Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, to play, sing, interact and eat a rich bowl of porridge.



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