Kigali, June 11th, 2019 The Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion (MIGEPROF) through the National Early Childhood Development (NECDP) and other partners organised International Early Childhood Development Conference held in Kigali from June 11th to 12th, 2019 under the theme: “Investing in early years for optimum human capital development”.
The conference attracted 350 participants, among which international delegates. Participants included National and International ECD Practitioners, Development partners, International NGOs, Civil Society, Academia, Ministries and affiliated Agencies, Local Government, Faith Based Organisations, Religious institutions, Private Sector representatives, Media, representatives of ECD caregivers and various interveners at integrated early childhood development.
The aim of the conference was to share evidence from local and international findings on research about early childhood development, to bring awareness on the importance of early childhood development investment for the human capital development, to strengthen multi-sectoral and international partnerships for early childhood development, to bring awareness to home-grown solutions to bridge the gap for ECD and o highlight areas of possible research collaboration.
NECDP Steering Committee Chairperson in welcome remarks
In her welcoming remarks, the Chairperson of NECDP Steering Committee, Mrs. Nadine Umutoni Gatsinzi applauded different partners for the support and collaboration in organising this conference in general and implementing programs focused on reducing stunting in particular.
She further indicated that this conference is a platform for sharing expertise and achievements in early childhood development for the benefit of all ECD stakeholders in Rwanda.
Speach by Amb. Soline Nyirahabimana, Min MIGEPROF at the opening of the Conference
Speaking at the lauch of this conference, the minister of Gender and Famiily Promotion Amb. Soline Nyirahabimana said that iinvesting in the early years is one of the smartest investments a country can make to break the cycle of poverty, address inequality, and boost productivity later in life in its Citizens.
“I would like to highlight that today Early Childhood Development enjoys a strong political will to change lives of Rwandan children. In this regard, I wish to reiterate the commitment of the Government of Rwanda to the realization of National Early Childhood Development Program mandate to eradicate stunting”, she concluded.
Min of Health Dr Diane Gashumba at the closing of the conference
the closing of the two-day conference, the Minister of Health Dr. Diane Gashumba commended the organisers for the fruitful discussion and well formulated doable resolutions. I thank organizers of this conference and everyone who took part of this conference. The conference demonstrates our commitment and together I am sure that we can achieve a stunting-free nation. I called upon all the participants to use the knowledge and experiences gained to inform their work but also to spread the knowledge and translate it into practice starting from their homes and reach all parents as first caregivers.
The conference was also an opportunity to launch a 2-Year ECD Multimedia Campaign under the theme “Umwana wanjye, ishema ryanjye / my child, my pride”, and insisted that there is need to harmonize messaging to achieve the desired behaviour change in the community for the benefit of the children.
Dr Anita at the launch of multimedia campaign