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UNICEF has worked in Rwanda since 1986. Over the past decade, the focus has been on helping the government increase access to quality education. This collaboration has proven incredibly valuable: in 2015 Rwanda achieved the second Millennium Development Goal, access to universal primary education. UNICEF’s work on pre-primary education has also been successful: access almost doubled – from 13 per cent in 2012 to 24 per cent (220,435 children) in 2017. From 2014 to 2016, UNICEF played a lead role in much needed curriculum revision, producing a more creative, competency-based curriculum, prioritizing participation, critical thinking and problem solving. Once it was in place, UNICEF trained more than 21,000 teachers on the new skills-based curriculum. In 2017, UNICEF partnered with the Ministry of Education to create a communication strategy focused on gender and education to help dismantle entrenched gender norms that impede education for boys and girls. In addition, UNICEF supported the development of a remedial learning support to adolescents at risk of dropping out of school, as well as a teacher training on gender sensitivity.
UNICEF also supported the Ministry’s efforts to reach children with disabilities through an inclusive education guide and training programme, which reached more than 2,700 teachers. UNICEF’s research on out-of-school children – conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Education – drives education policy to ensure education reaches the most deprived children.
UNICEF also focuses on teacher quality. In addition to a comprehensive teacher management information system and a real-time monitoring system, UNICEF leads an innovative teacher mentoring programme that has trained more than 25,000 teachers. Today, UNICEF serves as the government’s lead implementation partner on the national Education Sector Strategic Plan (2013–2018), which focuses on four goals: increasing access to basic education, especially for vulnerable children; improving education quality; increasing access to pre-primary education; and addressing gender barriers in education.