Providing quality education through remedial learning in Rwanda
Remedial learning clubs support students to continue their education.
Rwanda is one of the top-performing countries in education with 98.5 per cent of children enrolled in primary school. These gains over the years have been impacted with a decrease in children transitioning to secondary education and a high number of dropouts. Thanks to funding from the Government of Spain, UNICEF Rwanda is supporting remedial learning clubs for students in an effort to boost learning for struggling students, particularly girls, at risk of dropping out.
The learning clubs following a remedial curriculum are designed to improve basic literacy and proficiency outcomes especially for female learners. Parents, teachers, students and local leaders have been engaged with an aim of providing remedial solutions to children at risk of dropping out or those who are less likely to achieve quality learning due to their socio- economic background.
Teachers are key drivers in ensuring that children receive the support required to improve in their education. Through the programme, teachers are provided with key materials focusing on remedial learning and gender-responsive pedagogy. The training is aimed at driving efforts to ensure more girls have access to quality learning. Uzayisenga Honorate pictured above is supporting 42 students with remedial learning classes after school at Gashahi primary school in Nyagatare District.
“At the beginning, students were not interested in extra classes. However, as they see their progress day-by-day, students are more engaged in the modules,” she shares.
Since January 2018, more than 150 schools and five youth centers have benefitted from learning clubs in partnership with Imbuto Foundation across the country. More than 11,500girls have been reached.
Vestine Mukeshimana is the Head Teacher of G.S Cyonyo in Nyagatare District. Her school has enrolled 80 students in two remedial learning clubs. She meets with teachers regularly to check on the implementation of the curriculum through tablets.
“Teachers at our school have acquired additional skills thanks to the remedial learning training,” says Vestine. “They apply the skills to also support regular classes.”
UNICEF has supported the Rwanda Basic Education Board by providing nearly 144 tablets for teachers with content on remedial learning uploaded in them.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF in partnership with Imbuto Foundation has scaled up remedial learning clubs program to support reintegrating children back to school and minimizing the dropouts in Rwanda.