African Great Lakes 

HROC–Rwanda in Schools: May-June 2020

  Prepared by  Solange Maniraguha, HROC-RWANDA Coordinator, and reviewed by David Bucura

Sharing of success stories and challenges

1.Introduction   

Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) was introduced into schools in May 2017. Since then, all the four schools from a sector where HROC works got the opportunity to have all teachers do HROC basic workshops first. Then, in the next  phase, the teachers came back for the second level of workshops where they learned how to help pupils prevent violence at their schools and in their homes. Each of the four schools has between four to five teachers who have become facilitators of this program, called ”Healing and Preventing Violence in Schools”.  Three more teachers attended the HROC IT to become HROC facilitators as well, including among them, the Sector Education Officer (SEO).

 Debriefing with teachers from Kimonyi sector after the first phase of the visit.  (Solange standing in the middle)

2. What was done + Strengths

Together with all teachers living in the Kimonyi  Sector (where HROC is located) is a group that is known as a “Command Post”. They are assigned to sensitize people about the prevention of Covid-19, help people in the community, and check if they are following the guidelines.

HROC has organized a campaign, with all the teachers and headmasters, and with the help of the SEO, who is also a HROC facilitator. The campaign was intended to help students who are now home due to covid-19, together with their parents/caregivers, by listening to them, and talking to them about going back to school in September.

Kimonyi Sector is a village area, so people are affected by covid-19 in one way or another. Most of them survive from daily work, but it is now hard to find jobs, to earn money to feed their children…

Many parents and caregivers have decided to send their children to the road and small markets to sell small things so that they are able to buy food to cook. Most of the kids are on the road, wearing their uniforms and sugar canes (which are very cheap), as this is what their parents can afford.

Teachers are divided into groups, going house by house where students live, talking to them, listening to them, and getting to know what their plans are for the coming months, especially in regard to  going back to school.

Honore, standing, shares experience and a way forward. Honore is a teacher and HROC facilitator.

3. Way forward
  • Teachers will continue to visit and talk to the kids and their parents/caregivers until school starts.
  • Teachers, together with HROC and SEO, will do a special campaign the month before the school start to make sure pupils are ready to go back to school.
  • With the help of AGLI, HROC plans to have 2-day refresher sessions with teachers who have attended HROC workshops and the Healing and Preventing Violence in Schools workshops. This refresher is for both those who are facilitators and those who are not, to see how they can improve on how they are helping and listening to pupils.

SEO (the first on the picture) noting down some testimonies from the visit