Kigali, January 17th, 2019 The National Early Childhood Development Program (NECDP) and its partners launched a dissemination workshop of the National Social and Behaviour Change Communication Strategy for Integrated Early Childhood Development, Nutrition and WASH (2018-2024).
This strategy was developed by NECDP, RBC, UNICEF and USAID-Gikuriro Project in collaboration with other partners from public institutions mainly Social Cluster Ministries and Civil Society Organisations. The strategy will contribute to strengthening leadership, accountability, partnership and coordination in the delivery of communication interventions related to ECD, Nutrition and WASH at all levels; and effectively contribute to building capacity among parents and families, raise awareness among communities, guide authorities and strengthen the provision of all social services that support early childhood development and improve nutrition and WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) best practices.
Speaking at the occasion, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion, Umutoni Nadine Gatsinzi reminded the general mission of NECDP which is to coordinate all interventions that support adequate early childhood development for children from their conception to six (6) years of age as outlined in the Early Childhood Development Policy, in close collaboration and coordination of all sectors playing a role in Early Childhood Development.
The Permanent Secretary thanked all partners that contributed to the development of this strategy and called for close collaboration among all stakeholders in ECD, Nutrition and WASH and effective coordination to achieve the goal of ensuring healthy growth of Rwandan Children by fighting stunting and other forms of malnutrition.
“We are partnering in implementation with the CSOs, FBOs and Private Companies to ensure quality services are given to respond to the needs of Government and conducive response on wellbeing for every child”, As Ted Maly, UNICEF Rwanda Country Representative noted.
This was echoed by Darren Posey, Country Representative at CRS who remarked: “CRS works in close collaboration with national, district and decentralized structures through joint planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Our support to DPEM, health facilities and community volunteers through capacity strengthening, material, and financial assistance has been instrumental in delivering concrete results in the last three years”.
Finally, the NECDP Coordinator, Dr. Anita Asiimwe expressed: the objective of this dissemination workshop is to raise awareness of the stakeholders on the availability of this strategy, its implementation plan, Monitoring and Evaluation framework and the generic messages related to this document. The multimedia approach in implementation of this National SBCC Strategy for Integrated ECD, Nutrition and WASH will need the ownership and commitment of all the stakeholders.
“The messages that has been developed in collaboration with our partners were thought and formulated in Kinyarwanda in the spirit of targeting audiences composed primarily by both parents and caregivers and we will ensure that the behaviour change becomes a reality for the healthy growth of our children,” she concluded.