Rwanda

The partnership aim to reduce the number of children that drop out of primary school and enable children to re-enter primary school. Results and learning from the partnership will inform work at district level to strengthen focus on girls’ education in district plans as well as in national-level systems.

  • Where
    Kigali, Rwanda
  • Focus area
    Education
  • Duration
    To be defined in 2019
  • Economy
    Hempel Foundation: DKK 15 m
    UNICEF Denmark: DKK 7.5m
Prime partner: UNICEF Denmark

The problem

Rwanda has achieved significant success in access to education, achieving universal primary education with a net enrolment rate of 97.7 per cent and progress in the area of education is considered a key element of achieving a broader vision of transforming the economy from agricultural to knowledge based by year 2050. However, there are still significant disparities in education access and outcomes, by income distribution, geography, gender, and disability.

Despite achievements, primary school completion rates were lower in 2016 (65.2%) than they were in 2012 (72.7%) and dropout in the transition to secondary has been increasing (the transition rate decreased from 86.2% in 2011 to 71.1% in 2015).

While few children drop out of school during the first years of primary school, 20.8% of children drop out during the final year of primary school (Primary 6) which represents the transition from primary to secondary school. Of those children that drop out of school, very few will ever return to school again.

The partnership is based on a co-creation model where the specific areas of interventions and deliverables will be defined during a start-up workshop in Rwanda during Q1 of 2019.

Our approach

The partnership aim to reduce the number of children that drop out of primary school and enable children to re-enter primary school. Results and learning from the partnership will inform work at district level to strengthen focus on girls’ education in district plans as well as in national-level systems. 

Where

The exact project locations will be selected by UNICEF, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, based on an equity-based approach that helps identify the poorest, most rural and remote sectors, with indicators of significant gender disparity in education.