Every child has the right to go to school and learn, regardless of who he/she is, his/her living conditions, or his/her family status. Key areas of our work in education include:
Sponsorship in education
Even if there are many tips for a student to be productive at school, but also a student needs to be financially and materially secured. HIHD is committed to support financially and materially in education Rwanda children from poor and marginalized families so that they are not deprived of their right to education due the status, living conditions or vulnerability of their families. HIHD Supports in education children from poor families, marginalized families and children with albinism disability by providing them school supplies, school uniform and other necessary materials for an efficient education.
Early Childhood Development All children have the right to be raised in a family and to have access to quality health care, good nutrition, education, play and protection from harm, abuse and discrimination and they have the right to grow up in an environment in which they are enabled to reach their full potential in life.
The challenge
The first five years are particularly important for the development of the child's brain, and the first three years are the most critical in shaping the child's brain architecture. These early years of a child's life are fundamentally important; they are the foundation that shapes children's future health, happiness, growth, development and learning achievement at school, in the family and community, and in life in general. Children learn more quickly during their early years than at any other time in life. They need love and nurturing to develop a sense of trust and security that turns into confidence as they grow. Babies and young children grow, learn and develop rapidly when they receive love and affection, attention, encouragement and mental stimulation, as well as nutritious meals and good health care; early years of a child have a lasting effect on a child’s future.
In Rwanda, 38% of children are stunted, preventing them from reaching their full potential in cognitive, motor, language and socio-emotional skills; and in the long term, these children who are chronically malnourished have a great chance of performing poorly in school. To ensure that children’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled, at HIHD we provide to children and families basic Early Childhood Development (ECD) services.
Our basic ECD services include:
⦁ Help a child to develop a broad range of abilities to use and build upon throughout life that include the ability to:
⦁ Learn
⦁ Be self-confident and have high self-esteem
⦁ Have positive social skills
⦁ Have successful relationships at later ages
⦁ Develop a sense of empathy.
⦁ Help children to explore and understand their world
⦁ Help parents understanding the stages of child development so that they know what to expect and how to best support the child as she/he grows and develops.
⦁ Good nutrition
⦁ Proper healthcare