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Rwanda celebrates the Universal Children’s Day while promoting social inclusion in Early Childhood Development centres
20 November 2015 - It is around 11:00am, residents of Miyove Sector, Gicumbi district in the Northern Province of Rwanda are gathering in the playground of “Groupe Scolaire de Miyove”, to watch the long awaited community drama show.

CEO of IKEA Foundation pleased with the progress of Early Childhood Development and Family intervention in Gicumbi district
28 October 2015 - Down in the hills of Miyove sector, Claudette Nyirarukundo, 27 strides around. The excitement on her face is hard to hide as the pregnant woman, finally reaches out for a wooden bench, to relax and have a sip of water.

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.

Using “Umuganda” for a sustainable approach to Early Childhood Development & Family centres
2 March 2015 - More than 200 community members in Kagarama Cell Rukumberi sector in Ngoma District gathered on the last Saturday of February 2015 to leverage the ground on which a new Early Childhood Development and Family Centre will be constructed.

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..

Community Mobilisation at its best - to support construction of the Early Childhood Development and Family Centre
27 September - On the last Saturday of the month, community members gathered early morning for the Umuganda in Mbuye Sector of Ruhango District. Equipped with shovels, hoes and picks, around 300 community members arrived eager and ready to start.

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.

Improving the quality of community based early childhood development for refugee children
2013 - Bernadette Murekatete is one of six mother leaders who participated in the starters training for caregivers from Kigeme refugee camp.

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.

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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