How inclusive education works for children with disabilities in Rwanda
RUHANGO, Rwanda, 3 April 2018 – When 11-year-old Olivier was a just a baby, his father noticed that he was different. Developmentally, he was progressing slower than his six brothers and sisters. “He was not even able to urinate,” says Innocent Ntawimenya, Olivier’s father. “I asked myself, would he even be able to grow?”
Rwanda is first sub-Saharan African country to introduce dual measles and rubella vaccine
NYAKARIRO, Rwanda, 25 April 2013 – Giovance Kyomugisha and her family live in a small rural village about a three-hour drive from the capital, Kigali. A year ago, Ms. Kyomugisha was terrified. All five of her children had developed a high fever, diarrhoea and a rash on their skin.
In Rwanda, helping Congolese refugee children be children again
RUBAVU, Rwanda, 20 March 2013 – Yvette Gateyeneza, 14, spends most of her day helping her mother and older sister prepare food, fetch water and wash the few clothes they were able to carry with them before settling in Nkamira Transit Centre.
At the 8th annual Children’s Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, dignity was in focus
KIGALI, Rwanda, 21 February 2013 – Rwanda’s national parliament was bathed in a sea of blue as more than 400 child delegates – one per administrative sector, 30 presidents of children’s fora at district level, 6 children representing children from refugee camps and 30 children representing children with disabilities – gathered for the 8th annual Children’s Summit in Kigali on 19 January.
Through its early childhood development programme, UNICEF helps build a strong foundation for refugee children at Kigeme camp in Rwanda
KIGEME, Rwanda, 10 December 2012– The clapping grows louder as 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 moves to close down children’s institutions and improve its childcare system
KIGALI, Rwanda, 30 July 2012 –Three years ago, Esther arrived at the Mpore Pefa home, only a few hours old, naked and caked in blood from her umbilical cord. A man named Larry had found her in a field. She may have been the child of a student at the nearby secondary school, but that is speculation; nobody knows.
Podcast #60: Day of the African Child draws attention to children living with disabilities
NEW YORK, USA, 14 June 2012 –The Day of the African Child commemorates the day in 1976 when hundreds of black schoolchildren were killed in Soweto, South Africa, as they took to the streets to protest against an inferior education system and to advocate for the right to be taught in their own language.
With pneumonia and diarrhoea vaccines, Rwanda makes gains in child survival
RUTONDE/KIGALI, Rwanda, 6 June 2012 – With heavy breathing, fever and no appetite, 8-month-old Elie Noikumwenagyo arrived at the Rutonde health clinic in rural Rwanda. There, he was diagnosed with pneumonia.
In Rwanda, helping babies grow up HIV-free
NYAMATA, Rwanda, 2 April 2012 – In the small town of Nyamata, 45 minutes south of the nation’s capital, a comprehensive programme is giving the children of HIV-positive parents the best possible start in life.
In Rwanda, a clinic provides comprehensive care to young people living with HIV
KIGALI, Rwanda, 19 March 2012 – Ange*, 15, still feels sad when she remembers that she has HIV.
A way home for children living and working on the streets of Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda, 21 February 2012 – Many children who had been living and working on the streets of Kigali are now returning home, thanks to the help of centres like Fidesco.
UNICEF helps Rwandan community build back after devastating earthquake
RUSIZI DISTRICT, Rwanda, 31 January 2012 – One Sunday morning three years ago, a devastating earthquake ripped through Rusizi and Nyamasheke, two of Rwanda’s south-western districts, injuring 643 and killing 36.
In Rwanda, community-based nutrition programmes are empowering communities to treat and prevent malnutrition
Gisenyi, Western Province, Rwanda, 23 January 2012 - In the busy lakeside town of Gisenyi, a UNICEF-supported therapeutic nutrition rehabilitation unit is helping give babies a healthy start in life.
In Rwanda, successfully fighting a resurgence of malaria
NYAMATA, Rwanda, 19 January 2012 – Across Rwanda, children are benefiting from faster malaria diagnosis, the widespread distribution of nets, and the diligence of hospital and health centre staffs determined to keep malaria in check.
Improving schools for children with disabilities in Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda, 17 January 2012 – Five years ago, students with disabilities at Murama, a child-friendly school in Rwanda’s southern Bugasera District, felt isolated from their classmates, unable to participate in even a simple game of hide-and-seek or football. Today, thanks to a better understanding of their special needs, this has changed.
A brighter future for Rwanda’s girls
KIGALI, Rwanda, 16 January 2012 – On the outskirts of Rwanda’s capital, a UNICEF-supported child-friendly school is helping to transform the way girls access education.
Voices of the most vulnerable children heard at Rwanda’s annual National Children’s Summit
KIGALI, Rwanda, 11 January 2012 – Once a year, the seats of Rwanda’s parliament are filled with children.
Providing vital care for Rwanda’s vulnerable children
KIVUMU, Rwanda, 1 November 2011 – Perched high in the hills above Rwanda’s Lake Kivu, a project is transforming the lives of nearly 1,000 orphans and vulnerable children.
UNICEF’s Child-Friendly Schools initiative aims to improve sanitation facilities in Rwandan schools
UGESERA DISTRICT, Rwanda, 21 October 2011 – The promotion of health and hygiene in schools is an essential part of the Child-Friendly Schools (CFS) package, introduced by UNICEF to Rwanda in 2004. As a result of this initiative, children all over Rwanda are benefitting from improved sanitation facilities in their schools, which UNICEF hopes will lead to a major reduction in student drop-out rates.
Life skills clubs teach Rwandan students universal values and leadership skills
BUGESERA, Rwanda, 26 September 2011 – Twice a week, students at the Murama Child Friendly School, in Rwanda’s Bugesera district, participate in Life Skills Clubs where they are taught to think creatively, problem-solve and build healthy relationships, while discussing topics that are often too difficult to broach in their homes.
Siblings face the future without parents in eastern Rwanda
GATSIBO REGION, Rwanda, 27 July 2011 – Just like siblings in any other family, each of the 17-year-old twin girls and their 14-year-old brother has a particular task. Monique, the more outgoing of the girls, welcomes a group of visitors, while her shy and quiet sister, Denise, attends to some chores behind the house. Brother Charles chops some rough grass and feeds it to the family’s goat.
Providing comprehensive care to young people living with HIV in Rwanda
KAYONZA, Rwanda, 30 June 2011 – A UNICEF-supported hospital in one of Rwanda’s most rural and isolated areas is offering a ray of hope to hundreds of young people living with HIV.
Providing comprehensive care to young people living with HIV in Rwanda
Sylvain's story: A former child soldier on the road to a new life in Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda, 27 May 2011 – At the Lake Muhazi Centre, an hour’s drive from the Rwandan capital, 30 adolescent boys have come together for a three-month course that offers counselling, education, recreational activities and vocational training. These are not your average young men – they used to be child soldiers in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In Rwanda, education and health programmes provide children with a better start in life
KIGALI, Rwanda, 7 April 2011 – Rwanda faces a number of issues, from poor sanitation and high HIV rates to a large percentage of orphaned children. UNICEF and partners are tackling these challenges through a series of national and local initiatives.
Teachers and students thrive in child-friendly schools in Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda, 22 March 2011 – Rubingo Primary School was transformed into a UNICEF-supported centre for learning excellence seven years ago. Since then, teachers and parents have witnessed a significant change.
Eco latrines improve quality of life in earthquake-affected communities in Rwanda
GIHUNDWE, Rwanda, 15 March 2011 – A mini-revolution has taken place for vulnerable members of a small community living near Lake Kivu in the Rusizi District of south-west Rwanda, an area struck by a series of earthquakes in 2008.
In Rwanda, centre provides a refuge for victims of domestic violence
KIGALI, Rwanda, 15 February 2011 - For 17 years Mary was married to a man who emotionally and physically abused her. She first came to the Isange One Stop Centre in October of 2009, after having been recently beaten by her husband and left with a badly broken arm. At the time, she was so traumatized she could not speak, but now at 32, buouyed by the love of her four children and essential support from the centre, she is doing decidedly better.
Promoting local solutions for national health in Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda, 4 February 2011 - On an overcast Kigali morning, amongst an impressive collection of hundreds of ceramic pots, an excited crowd has gathered to celebrate the launch of the Kigali Potters Cooperative; a ‘safe water’ pilot community project, whose aim is to transform the health of the community, as well as stimulate economic growth by training local potters in the production of ceramic water filters.
Community health education helps to prevent HIV transmission in Rwanda
MUHURA, Rwanda, 1 February 2011 – A decade after a joint programme to prevent the transmission of HIV from mothers to children was introduced at the Muhura Health Centre in eastern Rwanda, the results are impressive.
Japan funds ongoing support for children and families affected by 2008 Rwanda quake
RUSIZI, Rwanda, 20 January 2011 – A Japanese Government delegation – joined by UNICEF officials and local leaders from Rusizi District in western Rwanda – recently visited several sites where rehabilitation work is under way in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake that hit the area in February 2008.
In Rwanda, pneumonia vaccine fights top killer of children
NYAMATA, Rwanda, 27 September 2010 – It has been a little over a year since Rwanda introduced a pneumococcal conjugate vaccine known as PCV7. The vaccine protects children against one of the most common causes of pneumonia – with encouraging results.
Norwegian rap group 'Karpe Diem' brings music and inspiration to Rwandan children
KIGALI, Rwanda, 13 August 2010 – While in Rwanda recently, the renowned Norwegian rap group ‘Karpe Diem’ visited children benefitting from UNICEF programmes. The band was in the country with a film crew to shoot footage for an upcoming UNICEF fundraising concert in Norway.
In Rwanda, free mosquito nets save lives
MAYANGE, Rwanda, 29 June 2010 – Seraphine Kabasinga, mother of four, has always been scared of malaria. She lives in an endemic zone, just an hour east of Rwanda’s capital, Kigali.
Rwandan student films premier during FIFA World Cup 2010
GISENYI, Rwanda, 23 June 2010 – Aspiring filmmakers in a remote village in Rwanda now have an exciting opportunity to share their vision of the world.
First Lady and UN Deputy Secretary-General look to the future of Rwanda's girls and women
KIGALI, Rwanda, 21 May 2010 – Her Excellency Jeanette Kagame, the First Lady of the Republic of Rwanda, inaugurated the Kacyiru Police Hospital here earlier this week. With support from UNICEF, the Office of the First Lady and the Imbuto Foundation, Kacyiru Police Hospital delivers services to over 61,000 people – primarily women and children.
In the face of challenges, award honors Rwandan girls
KARONGI, Rwanda, 12 May 2010 – Among grazing cows in the heart of western Rwanda, three hours away from the nation’s capital, Kigali, First Lady Jeannette Kagame recently helped celebrate some of Rwanda’s most talented young students.
UNICEF Executive Board sees unity in diversity among UN partners in Rwanda
MURAMA CHILD-FRIENDLY SCHOOL, Rwanda, 30 April 2010 – Members of the UNICEF Executive Board, along with colleagues from other United Nations agency Executive Boards, recently visited Rwanda to better understand how reforms in the UN system are working on the ground.
Empowering youth to prevent HIV in Rwanda
NKANKE PARISH, Rwanda, 29 April 2010 – Situated in the lush green hills that surround Lake Kivu in southwest Rwanda, Nkanke Parish church is working toward a future free of HIV and AIDS.
Barclays invests in the future of Rwandan children through child-friendly schools
KIGALI, Rwanda, 21 April 2010 – In November 2008, more than 3,500 employees of Barclays, the global financial services provider, voted to make UNICEF’s ‘child-friendly schools’ project in Rwanda the focus of their 2009 fundraising efforts.
Childs rights advocates help young people stay in school in Rwanda
HUYE, Rwanda, 07 January 2010 - Aphrodite, 14, and her friend Joselin used to spend their days working on a rice plantation. It was back-breaking work, toiling in the hot sun from dawn until dusk.
Rwanda launches nationwide health and vaccination campaign
BISATE VILLAGE, Rwanda, 3 November 2009 – Bisate village is nestled in the lush valley at the foot of Mount Sabinyo – an extinct volcano that marks the intersection of the borders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda and Rwanda. Gathered in a large playing field, hundreds of women dressed in colourful ‘kikoys’ of wrapped cloth are clutching rainbow-coloured umbrellas.
UNICEF seeks justice for imprisoned young people
MUSANZE, Rwanda, 14 August 2009 – It was early morning in Musanze when children who had been in prison awaiting trial finally got a legal hearing.
UNICEF-supported initiative helps families living with HIV in Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda, 14 July 2009 – “In was 30 years old when my husband died,” recounts Felona. “We had three children, and then I found out that I was HIV-positive. It was very difficult for me to accept.
Rebuilding stronger schools for earthquake survivors in Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda, 2 June 2009 – The day began like any other quiet Sunday in the western province of Rwanda. Lake Kivu glimmered in the sun and the hills surrounding it were green and filled with life.
John-Bosco’s journey: Sustainable solutions for street children in Kigali
KIGALI, Rwanda, 19 May 2009 – When rebels entered his village in 1994, John-Bosco, then 11, fled across the border into the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Rwandan teenager does her part to commemorates 15th anniversary of genocide
NEW YORK, USA, 17 April 2009 – Vanessa Umubyeyi, now 15, was only a month old when the Rwandan genocide began, but she knows the stories by heart.
Historic pneumococcal vaccine shipment arrives in Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda, 27 March 2009 – Last week, a historic shipment of vaccines arrived at the Kigali Airport in Rwanda. Donated by Wyeth Corporation, these vaccines help protect infants and young children from pneumococcal disease – the leading vaccine-preventable cause of death in children under the age of five worldwide.
Rwanda’s First Lady awards girls for their academic excellence
KIGALI, Rwanda, 24 March 2009—Rwanda’s First Lady, Jeannette Kagame, recently presented the annual Imbuto Foundation Awards in Kigali, which honour academic excellence among primary and secondary school girls.
Communities provide a bigger ‘family’ for orphaned children in Rwanda
Rwanda, 26 February 2009 – Bamporeze is a non-governmental organization that started a community-based protection programme for children orphaned by AIDS in Rwanda soon after the genocide, in 1995. Around 150,000 people live with HIV in Rwanda; 19,000 of them are children.
Communities provide a bigger ‘family’ for orphaned children in Rwanda
Empowering communities to protect and promote child rights in Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda, 10 February 2009 – Ndayi, 16, lives in a small village about an hour from Rwanda’s capital, and before going back to school, he lived on the streets.
Conference highlights plight of children affected by HIV/AIDS
KIGALI, Rwanda, 16 December 2008 — The Mashirika Theatre group opened the country’s annual Conference on Children Affected By HIV/AIDS. The performers and children are survivors of the 1994 genocide.
Fourth Annual Children’s Summit addresses the lingering effects of genocide in Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda, 13 November 2008 – At the Fourth Annual Children’s Summit, attended by the nation’s highest leadership, the children of Rwanda re-emphasized to their leaders the importance of eradicating a lingering genocide ideology in the country.
UNICEF nominee Paul Farmer receives CDC Foundation Hero Award
NEW YORK, USA, 10 October 2008 – Dr. Paul Farmer, a tireless activist, researcher and public health practitioner whose organization, Partners in Health, provides community-based care for millions of people throughout the developing world, has received the 2008 Hero Award from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia.
UNICEF-supported schools win national award in Rwanda
RUBAVU, Rwanda, 2 October 2008 – UNICEF-supported schools have distinguished themselves in Rwanda’s first annual National School Awards ceremony as part of a campaign to encourage girls’ education and to help all children succeed.
Health Week keeps up momentum on improving child survival in Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda, 29 September 2008 – Rwanda recently celebrated its first-ever week to promote the health and well-being of its women and children.
Women parliamentarians lead major changes in African politics
NEW YORK, USA, 22 July 2008 – Several African countries are at the forefront of a growing trend to substantially increase female representation in parliaments around the world.
Child-friendly schools help young Rwandans rediscover childhood
NEW YORK, USA, 8 July 2008 – In Rwanda, which is still recovering from its 1994 genocide and now faces the spread of HIV, UNICEF and its partners have established child-friendly schools to help young students rediscover what childhood is all about.
Rwandan children learn and play to celebrate Day of the African Child
KIGALI, Rwanda, 17 June 2008 – At sports events, school assemblies and cultural gatherings throughout the nation, children and adults celebrated the Day of the African Child this week. The continent-wide holiday commemorates the spirit of the South African children who sparked the Soweto uprising of 1976 – many of whom gave their lives.
First Lady of Rwanda awards young women for their scholastic achievements
MUHANGA, Rwanda, 12 May 2008 – Earlier this month, 58 young women had their moment in the spotlight as Rwanda’s First Lady awarded them with prizes to celebrate their outstanding academic achievements.
‘Beyond School Books’– a podcast series on education in emergencies: Segment #7
NEW YORK, USA, 8 May 2008 – Exactly one month ago, Rwanda commemorated the 14th anniversary of its genocide. By this time in 1994, some half a million Rwandans had already been killed in an ethnic-cleansing campaign.
Rwandan and Liberian youths capture images of their lives at 'Eye See III' workshop
NEW YORK, USA, 24 April 2008 – Each equipped with a camera and a unique perspective, dozens of children in Rwanda and Liberia recently spent a week with internationally renowned photographer and frequent UNICEF contributor Giacomo Pirozzi for a series of training workshops called ‘Eye See III’.
Mourning the Rwandan genocide, 14 years on
NEW YORK, USA, 8 April 2008 – Marking the 14th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last night pledged to step up efforts aimed at stopping such tragedies from happening again.
Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka visits earthquake-affected Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda, 5 March 2008 – “I had a smile on my face and tears in my eyes,” said UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka, describing how it felt to see UNICEF tents standing near crumbled school walls in southwest Rwanda.
UNICEF Executive Board reviews country programmes that help societies rebuild
NEW YORK, USA, 6 September 2007 – On the second day of their current session in New York, UNICEF Executive Board members today continued their discussion of the programmes of 17 country offices planning their work for the next five years.
School campaign supports girls’ education and achievement in Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda, 8 August 2007 – Nathalie Kaligirwa, 17, received the First Lady’s Award for Achievement during a ceremony launching the Rwandan Government’s new five-year campaign to promote gender parity, retention and achievement of girls in school.
Third national Rwandan Children Summit emphasizes children as our future
KIGALI, Rwanda, 31 July 2007 – Kigali City hosted the Third Rwandan Children Summit yesterday. Prime Minister Bernard Makuza officially opened the forum, which focused on the theme of investing in children.
UNICEF and local partners promote child-friendly schools in Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda, 3 July 2007 – Rubingo Primary School in Gasabo District, approximately 20 km from Kigali City, has all the hallmarks of a child-friendly school.
Testimony and calls for unity set the stage for a global AIDS conference in Kigali
KIGALI, Rwanda, 15 June, 2007 – Some 3,000 men, women and children gathered earlier this week at Kigali’s Amahoro Stadium to make an emphatic statement prior to the 2007 HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting, which opens here in the Rwandan capital tomorrow.
Cherie Blair visits children and sees progress at renovated hospital outside Kigali, Rwanda
RWINKWAVU DISTRICT, Rwanda, 6 March 2007 – During a recent three-day visit to Rwanda to attend the 2007 Women Parliamentarians International Conference, Cherie Blair took one morning to visit a UNICEF-supported hospital outside the capital, Kigali.
Rwanda schools still struggling to recover from 1994 genocide
KIGALI, Rwanda, 13 March 2006 – Rwanda’s school system is still struggling to get back on its feet almost 12 years after the 1994 genocide, during which more than 600 primary schools were destroyed and 3,000 teachers were killed or forced to flee.
Rwanda: New hope for a mother living with HIV/AIDS
KIGALI, Rwanda, 6 March 2006 – Jeanette tested positive for HIV two years ago when she was pregnant with her youngest child. “When I was told the news, I didn’t cry or shout,” she said. “But I was afraid. The nurse explained things to me, but I thought I was going to die. I knew someone who had died from AIDS, but I thought this could never happen to me."
UN agency heads call for new commitment to help Africa's Great Lakes region
NAIROBI, Kenya, 3 March 2006 – The heads of three of the largest United Nations humanitarian agencies today urged the international community to match political progress in the Great Lakes region with a new commitment to end the suffering of the millions of people forgotten by the rest of the world.
Children forced to grow up fast in Rwanda’s parentless households
GISENY, Rwanda, 21 February 2006 - Between head-high banana plants a narrow path leads up a steep hill. Manessé leads the way slowly. His movements and his strong physique make him look older than his 12 years. Manessé is still a child but he is obliged to lead the life of an adult.
UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman praises Rwanda’s efforts for children in fight against HIV/AIDS
NEW YORK, USA, 14 February 2006 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman has just completed an official visit to Rwanda as part of a joint mission examining the country’s response to HIV/AIDS.
Helping orphans in Rwanda build a better future
KIGALI, Rwanda, 13 February 2006 – One of the greatest challenges facing Rwanda today is how to care for its massive population of orphans.
Rwandan children speak out to power at the Second Children’s Summit
KIGALI, Rwanda, 20 January 2006 – At an expensive hotel in the capital city, delegates filed in importantly, carrying their official documents, took their seats in front of the microphones, put on their headphones and the Summit began.
Rwanda launches UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS
KIGALI, Rwanda, 5 December 2005 - The First Family of Rwanda – His Excellency the President Paul Kagame and the First Lady Madame Jeannette Kagame – is also considered the first family in the fight against HIV/AIDS. That’s why the President and the First Lady jointly launched the UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign in Rwanda.
Remarks of the First Lady of Rwanda, Her Excellency Jeannette Kagame, at launch of UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS
The First Lady of Rwanda, Her Excellency Jeannette Kagame took part in the launch of the global campaign UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS. She addressed the audience both as an African mother and a member of the Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS.
Rwanda: Ten years after the genocide
On 7 April, 2004, the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda, millions will observe a moment of silence to remember the victims.
As the world remembers the ten-year anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, the country’s children continue to live with the devastating affects of this brutal conflict.
When the genocide ended in 1994, 800,000 people had been murdered – 300,000 of these victims were children In addition, 95,000 children had been orphaned.