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Rwanda, 14 January 2015: New early childhood development & family centre inaugurated in Ngoma district

14 January 2015, ZAZA/NGOMA, Rwanda – There were smiles of children and their parents all around the ECD&F centre in Ngoma district today. The reason –Hon. Oda Gasingwaza, Minister of Gender and Family Promotion together with Knowless, DG of Imbuto Foundation and the UNICEF Representative joined the community in Zaza sector to celebrate the official inauguration of the ECD&F centre.

Located in Nyagahandagazi village, Ruhinga Cell, Zaza Sector, Ngoma District in Eastern Province, the Centre is part of the UNICEF and Imbuto Foundation partnership in support of the Government’s programme to transform children’s lives in their communities through a provision of a package of high impact services to families and communities. The package includes parenting education; early learning, water, sanitation and hygiene; nutrition; health and child protection.

“The early years of a child’s life quite literally present “the opportunity of a lifetime”. What happens, or does not happen to a child through its early childhood can influence the entire course of that child’s life, for better or for worse. The local proverb IGITI KIGORORWA KIKIRI GITO explains it well” said Noala Skinner, UNICEF Rwanda Representative.

Early Childhood Development is a priority for the Government of Rwanda as outlined in the EDPRS II. And that is being translated into action. The roll-out has already started with already seven centres in operation.

“On behalf of the government, we are committed to support the scale up of the ECD model nationally. And this centre is definitely a model we can use to scale, which would not only be welcoming for young children and their families but one, which supports the overall development of all children”, said Hon. Oda Gasinzigwa, Minister of Gender and Family Promotion.

The event was filled with interactions with children and their parents, and even a cooking demonstration to exemplify the benefits of a balanced diet. Knowless, a friend of UNICEF joined in the interaction explaining the benefits of good nutrition and the 1,000 days campaign.

“It was a nostalgic moment reminding me of my childhood when I sang with the children. These centres are really helping the children in their development and I am happy to be a part of the ECD&F revolution” quoted Knowless Butera, a popular music artist with a smile.

The road ahead for Early Childhood Development & Family gets brighter in Rwanda each day.

For more information, please contact:
Siddartha Shrestha, UNICEF Rwanda, Tel: + 250 788301419; sidshrestha@unicef.org

 

 
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