Mubyeyi, Tera Intambwe (Parents Step In)!

A new way to engage parents and the wider community to curb school drop-out rates, and improve school completion rates. The program uses radio talk shows and ‘community education workers’ (CEWs) to reach out to parents and encourage them to step in and actively play a role in their children’s education.
2013Rwanda

CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
Student support IMBUTO FoundationCambridge Education [Fund Manager]Community EngagementPrimaryLower secondary

Location Data

Ngororero, Musanze and Gasabo

 

This program was piloted with support from the Innovation for Education Fund, a partnership between the Governments of Rwanda and the UK, managed by Cambridge Education

 

This project pilots a new way to engage parents and the wider community to curb school drop-out rates, and improve school completion rates. At school, the approach strengthens the capacity of PTAs in school management and works closely with head teachers and teachers to mitigate school dropout.

In the community, radio talk shows and ‘community education workers’ (CEWs) reach out to parents and encourage them to step in and actively play a role in their children’s education with regard to drop-out. Parents were given support to identify and address the challenges that lead to school drop-out.

Among the core responsibilities of the CEWs during the implementation of the innovation is to pay visits to the homes of children who dropped out, discuss the reasons for drop out with the children and their parents, address the challenges they face and raise awareness about the importance of completing school. 

Previously in Rwanda there was no comprehensive grassroots approach supporting parents, teachers and communities in combating the increasing problem of school dropouts and repetition rates.Low retention in the first cycle of secondary education where about 30% of students enrolled in S1 did not reach S4 in 2007, about 27% in 2008 and 29% in 2011.

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