Our Education Programme provides a multi-faced delivery model of services for children aged 0-7 that focuses on beginning early, mastering foundational literacy skills and improving overall learning outcomes.
a. Early Childhood Development:
Save the Children is working with parents, children, and early childhood teachersto promote healthy development of infants and toddlers through radio programs and peer-learning groups providing parenting education. This has helped to increase confidence of new parents in providing stimulation to young children and supporting early childhood development. The programme engages parents both female and female adults, children as well as local authorities in programming.
In addition, First Steps (0-3) approach has been shown to have a significant positive impact on parent knowledge and beliefs about caregiving practices, health and hygiene practices, and children’s development. Children received the Early Literacy and Math Initiative (ELMI) interventions (school-based or at home) had higher scores on literacy and math assessments than children who had not participated in the project.
b. Quality Basic Education support through Mureke Dusome:
Save the Children Project Mureke Dusome began in 2016 in Rwanda to foster partnerships between schools and the broader community in a bid to improve primary grades children’s literacy outcomes.
The program goals are three-fold:
1. Strengthen the capacity of school leadership to promote school-community partnerships and improve student literacy.
2. Increase effective community and parental involvement to improve literacy skills through community engagement and social and behavior change communication.
3. Foster a culture of reading through civil society platforms and strengthening the supply and demand of the children’s book industry.