Nabo Ni Abana

Set up in 2003 in collaboration with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education, Nabo Ni Abana adresses gender issues in Primary education. Initially it started in 26 primary schools in the former provinces of Gisenyi and Kigali Ngali, including 3 catch-up centers in 3 other provinces. These bring children together who have dropped out of school or never attended school through the Tuseme Process. In 2006, the program expanded to a total of 47 schools and 3 catch-up centers in 5 former provinces (Gisenyi, Kigali Ngali, Byumba, Umutara and Kibungo)

Activities of the project include:
– studies on law and policies
– Gender in Education training
– setting up guidance and counselling desks in schools
– improving communication on Girls’ Education
– setting up Tuseme Junior Clubs in school.

Objectives:
– Increase Net Enrollment Rate (NER) for girls by 10% in 29 primary schools in 2 provinces (Gisenyi and Kigali Ngali)
– Reduce drop out rate at primary level from 17,05% to 12%
– Reduce repetition rate in primary level from 30,09% to 10%
– Improve Girls’ performance in primary schools especially Primary 6 exams bij 10% in 4 pilot schools.
– Increase participation and ensure empowerment of 500 girls in 29 schools in 2 provinces, including 3 catch-up centers

Achievements:
– Developed Gender in Education Training Manual
– Reviewing of laws and regulations and suggesting changes to relevant authorities
– Delivered training in basic counseling and guidance skills for teachers
– Trained teachers in Tuseme Process
– Tuseme clubs in 36 primary schools and 3 catch-up centers
– community sensitization on major barriers that affect girls’ education
– Community awareness of problems affecting girls’ education has increased
– Organisation of Tuseme Junior Festival periodically organised

Since 2005 the program has expanded it’s project focus:
– Participate in increased lobbying for funding and educational opportunities for females throughout Rwanda.
– Participate in ensuring increased funding for girls education in the Ministry of Education budget
– Support strategies/activities which address and raise awareness of sexual and gender based violence
– Continue advocacy for increased awareness and attitude change concerning girls’ and women’s education in Rwanda

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