In our last article entitled an ” ECD concept in Rwanda “, which is now on the website www.wingsofabrighterfuture.nl, the ECD (Early Childhood Development) in Rwanda is under process. It is really a new concept if we compare Rwanda as a developing country to the developed countries like The Netherlands. We talked a bit about this issue but we cannot be exhaustive. This is the reason why we are going to assess how an ECD may look like.
We recognize that we are under process as far as Rwanda is concerned. For this reason, in order to allow the disadvantaged children in Rwanda to access to qualitative education, many different stakeholders have to work hand in hand. This is the role of one of them, Wings of a Brighter Future, which is fighting to help the disadvantaged Rwandan children to attend the class.
But how a class of an ECD may look like?
Let us pass through different components. These are key elements to make a proper class and those keys may be the pillars in an easy school management. If children are growing in such mindset, nobody can doubt about their future ethics in terms of hygiene, basic education, child rights…
A classroom must be equipped by adequate materials.
- Tables and chairs for children
- Table and chair for caregiver
- Storages with hooks and storage bags
- Class materials and books for different learning corners
- Floor mats
A classroom must be furnished by learning corners and wall decoration.
- Counting corner
- Reading corner
- Games corner
- Play house corner
- Building corner
- Drawings on the wall
- Posters for development
- Blackboard with accessories
A storage room.
Toilet block and water supply.
- Furnishing of the toilet block and accessories
- Supplies to use water
- Toilet paper
- Soap and towels
Outdoor play equipment for hardened and unpaved part.
- Swings, seesaw, ropes, big and small balls, steppes and bikes etc.
- Drawings on the wall and ground to promote the games
- Drawing chalk
Household products for indoor and outdoor.
- Broom, sweeper and dust can, garbage can, bucket etc.
- Drinking cups for children
- Soap and towels
Administrative supplies for the caregiver
- Paper and stationery etc.
This is how an ECD may look like. To achieve this goal, every partner has to play its role. It is a process indeed and much has to be done including community mobilization. If we want to set up a community based ECD in Rwanda, the community has to be sensitized to increase its awareness about the ECD.
Elisabeth van Helmond, Chairperson
Leonard Ntibazubugingo, Country Director