One of the ways we’re helping children to get the best out of their education in Rwanda is through Community Study Groups. We train up community-based volunteers to run fun sessions for children to reinforce their language and numeracy skills. The sessions happen after-school and at weekends and focus on learning through play, bringing the community together to support kids, and championing good learning.
We caught up with some of our groups recently to see how they are getting on since we kicked things off in April:
“What we learn here helps us to understand what we learn in school. If there is something we don’t understand we come here and ask. Now I am 10th in my class. If you come and check again next year I am confident I will have improved!” – P4/5 female learner
“We like the Community Study Groups because they help children to study and give them something to do at the weekend. As you can see, the children like being with us. As we help the children, we help ourselves. As we are teaching, we are also learning. Of course we would like to be teachers one day!” – Community Group Mentor
Children also told us that one of their favourite things about the groups are the book boxes, essentially little libraries that let them borrow books to bring home. For most this is the first time their households have had access to their own books.
We are constantly evaluating and monitoring our projects, and some recent feedback from our study groups was that they would like more books written in local language, Kinyarwanda. These have been the most popular titles in our mini-libraries, with children telling us that they love reading a story aloud so their whole family can understand, and they feel really proud when everyone listens. We can all relate to that!
We’re so thrilled with the progress of our Community Study Groups, and we can’t wait to see how more communities are being transformed through learning.
Community working with Link
Project sign on wall outside school