|Shiriki Newsletter Highlight from ESARO- Rwanda ||This issue of Shiriki News looks into Save the Children’s work in Rwanda, our programme approach and the COVID-19 response highlights. Enjoy the read!
|Evaluation of First Steps (Intera za Mbere) ||Parents’ interactions with infants and children in the first years can have a long-term impact on physical, health, on social and emotional well-being, and on cognitive capacities (CDC, 2007). With training, parents can become more effective providers of the care and stimulation that babies and young children need to develop properly (Evans, 2006). Since the Pilot Phase of First Steps (Intera za Mbere) Program in 2015, Save the Children continues to implement the program with an aim to improve parenting practices, child development outcomes, and promotion of emergent literacy in the home. As part of our COVID-19 response in 2020 in partnership with UMUHUZA we conducted a baseline survey on parenting during COVID-19 intended to collect data to benchmark the “Evaluation of First Steps (Intera za Mbere) towards quality Early Childhood Care and Development through Holistic Parenting Education in Response to COVID-19”||18/02/2021||819KB|
|Enjoying Books Together At Home: Ideas for parents and carer||"Enjoying Books Together at Home" is a short guide for parents to use when introducing their children to the importance of reading outside of school. It includes suggestions for parents and caregivers of activities they can use to encourage reading at home.||16/11/2020||4MB|
|The Global Girlhood Report||Even before the COVID-19 crisis hit, progress for girls on some issues was under threat. While girls’ health, nutrition and access to education have improved over the last 25 years, even before the pandemic hit, progress to end child marriage and reduce adolescent pregnancy had slowed to a halt. Now, with reports of gender-based violence increasing across the world,1 it is estimated that 9.7 million children may never return to school post‑COVID.2 And with the number of children living in poverty estimated to climb by around 100 million,3 for girls today, gender equality feels further from reach than ever.||05/10/2020||3MB|
|Brief on the awareness campaign strategy Report ||The awareness-raising messages include information from Save the Children’s (SC) Child Protection, Education, and Child Rights & Governance interventions as well as information from the Government of Rwanda’s guidelines to fight against COVID-19. They also include information from Soma Rwanda members who are implementing literacy, children’s rights, and protection activities in communities. ||16/07/2020||753KB|
|SCI Awareness Campaign Strategy Assessment Report ||The awareness-raising messages include information from Save the Children’s (SC) Child Protection, Education, and Child Rights & Governance interventions as well as information from the Government of Rwanda’s guidelines to fight against COVID-19. They also include information from Soma Rwanda members who are implementing literacy, children’s rights, and protection activities in communities. The messages provide practical tips for parents to read with and for children at home and to ensure the safety and security of their children while offering them ample opportunities to sharpen their knowledge through reading, playing, storytelling, writing, and other activities. The messages also offer information about the availability of e-learning materials and remote learning schedules as published by Rwanda Education Board (REB)||16/07/2020||512KB|
|KAP Report on Burundian in Mahama Refugee Camp ||n an effort to better understand how COVID-19 plays out in high density population areas in Rwanda, Save the Children conducted a Rapid Assessment of COVID-19 awareness among Burundian refugees in Mahama Camp. This site was selected because it was deemed to be one of the places where it is difficult to implement standard measures (e.g. social distancing, hand washing with soap, etc.). The study provided a snapshot and useful information about refugees’ knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to COVID-19. ||09/07/2020||522KB|
|Pan-Africa Polcy Paper: COVID-19 Impact on African Children||The comprehensive report underlines that although children do not represent a high-risk group for direct COVID-19 fatality, the pandemic posts a far-reaching secondary impact that heightens risks to the rights and wellbeing of children in Africa.
With the rapid spread of COVID-19, this pandemic is overburdening the under-resourced African health systems and disrupting routine health services, jeopardising Africa children’s access to formal learning, health and safety/protection, especially girls and this is unfolding in Africa against a backdrop of worrying hunger levels driven by climate shocks, conflict and economic challenges.
|Activity Cards- helping Young Children with Disabilities||A tool kit with activities that parents and front line workers can use to support children who have developmental delays and disabilities.
Save the Children developed for USAID funded MCSP Zika Response in the Caribbeans 2 years ago but the activities are applicable for developmental delays and disabilities caused by other factors. The activities are simple and can be done using materials found in the home. They are largely our adaptation of early stimulation activities for children with disability and delay but they also apply for older children whose developmental age is 6 and below even though they may be older in chronological age.
It is a free resource and can be adapted and used as as appropriate for the Rwandan context
|Views of children on Child Rights situation on COVID-19 lock||The objective of the mapping exercise was to collect children’s views on how COVID-19 is affecting their rights in their respective families and communities during the lockdown period to inform the organizations’ priorities and actions.
Geographical coverage: Children participated in this exercise, are from 5 districts of
Rwanda mainly Rutsiro, Kirehe, Nyarugenge, Ruhango and Burera||19/05/2020||6MB|