SaferRwanda Launching early childhood development in Bugesera District
According to the Rwanda ECD policy; each child develops in a holistic manner. He or she requires nurturing and support from parents, legal guardians and caregivers, who have a duty to provide opportunities for and access to stimulating play, early learning, good health care, a nutritious balanced diet, clean water, a hygienic environment, love, safety and security – all of the elements required for a child to grow up and develop into social, well-adapted, emotionally-balanced and productive citizens.
SaferRwanda established an Early Childhood development centre in Rweru sector of Bugesera District after realizing the problem of poor growth and stunting in children.
Children Care in the early years is one of the smartest investments a country can make to break the cycle of poverty, address inequality, and boost productivity later in life. Today, millions of young children are not reaching their full potential because of inadequate nutrition, lack of early stimulation and learning, and exposure to stress. In Rwanda 38% of children are stunted, which hinder their future productivity and the productivity of our nation. Investments in the physical, mental, and emotional development of children –from before birth until they enter primary school – is critical for the future productivity of individuals and for the economic Competitiveness of nations.
(National Early Child Development Program)
SaferRwanda Early Childhood Development activities are :
- Early learning, stimulation and Education
- Medical check-ups,
- Child growth monitoring
- Birth registration control, Protecting children from any abuse and neglect
- Provision of meals,
- Parent education program,
- Sensitization on Water, hygiene and sanitation
- Sustainability strategy,
- Early disability and Special Needs detection and referral.