Help a Child Rwanda uses two main approaches to increase child participation:
1. Forming and managing children’s groups where children meet to gain skills and information to keep themselves healthy and safe as well as develop their confidence.
2. Mobilizing parents and community members to be actively involved in schools.
Help a Child Rwanda establishes and supports children’s groups, as part of the self-help group approach. Each group is made up by 20 primary school-age children (6-12 years). Through participation in group activities, children gain information and skills on their rights and how to keep themselves safe and protected. They are also given an opportunity to develop their talents and build their confidence. The group activities strive to create bonds between the members and adult leaders so that issues affecting children are uncovered and children’s voices heard, so that solutions can be found.
Community Involvement in Schools
Help a Child Rwanda mobilizes parents to join the General Assembly Committee of the schools their children attend and actively contribute to education quality improvement plans set by schools. We also work to connect different stakeholder groups to schools, such as ECD centers, children’s groups, cluster-level associations and service providers, so that everyone works together for the best interests of the children.