Nationwide consultations for a new National Literacy Policy kick off in Rwanda

To kick start the new year, education and literacy stakeholders from across Rwanda are meeting to discuss the new National Literacy Policy. Led by the Ministry of Education with support from the USAID-funded Mureke Dusome project implemented by Save the Children, the first consultative workshop on the Policy took place at Centre St Augustin, Rwamagana, Eastern Province. This initiative is also being supported by World Vision Rwanda. Subsequent consultative workshops will be held in Musanze, Karongi, Nyanza and Kigali City between 11th January and 28th February 2018.

Commenting on the consultative process in Rwamagana where the maiden consultative workshop was held on 11th January, Alex Alubisia, Chief of Party Mureke Dusome Project said that “a new literacy policy is needed to improve literacy development across the lifespan and through multiple policy and institutional sectors. The policy will serve to recognize that literacy development is a lifelong process that begins very early in a child’s life, continues through the school years and is sustained throughout adulthood. We are very excited to be part of developing this crucial policy together with the Government of Rwanda and other partners.”

Speaking at the same meeting, Nathalie Aziza, Education Manager at World Vision added that “these meetings are aimed at gathering feedback and ideas from local leaders and a variety of actors in the education sector. This will ensure that the policy development process is inclusive and will enhance implementation once enacted.”
“From the group interactions, what we have noticed coming up time and again is the issue of financing a policy like this. We believe that priority needs to be given to financing early grade reading, supporting and training teachers and paying teacher salaries, as early grade reading is a foundation of children’s academic future,” said Mwanangu Theophile, District Director of Education in Kirehe District, Eastern Province, one of the participants at the consultative meeting in Rwamagana.  

The Rwamagana consultative workshop was attended by various stakeholders including key officials from the Ministry of Education headquarters, District Directors of Education, DEOs, SEOs, representatives of the Catholic Church, a total of 44 participants.