SOLAR ENERGY RADIO RECEIVERS TO VULNERABLE FAMILIES IS ANOTHER STEP TO STRENGTHEN RADIO LEARNING PROGRAMME.

As a strategy to mitigate the Covid-19, in Rwanda, schools were closed on 15 March 2020. Thereafter, Rwanda Education Board (REB) embarked on assiduous strategies to keep learning happening. In this spirit, the first radio lesson was aired on Radio Rwanda 4th April 2020, and many people including students were impressed by this mode of teaching and learning.

As any endeavor, there was imperative to put in place accompanying measures to ascertain that initiative is yielding the desired fruits. Thus, weekly surveys and reports were introduced. Through these reports,  it came on the view that there was a proportion of students that was not benefiting of the radio learning simply because their families do not have these devices and do not have immediate financial means to acquire them. For equity purposes, the leadership of Rwanda Education Board (REB) worked hand in hand with Development Partners under vulnerability group support to devise means to reach the unreached.

It is in this regard that on Thursday 28th May 2020, Rwanda Education Board (REB) in partnership with Save the Children Rwanda launched the distribution of 950 Solar Energy Radio Receivers to vulnerable families in Rulindo District. In this District, the activity was launched by the Vice Mayor in charge of social affairs Gasanganwa Marie Claire who distributed 100 solar energy radio receivers to vulnerable families from various sectors of this District.

For effective use of these devices, parents were trained on how to use them, and committed to put them to the disposal of their children as they follow radio learning lessons and other educative radio shows. 

 

Vice Mayor in charge of social affairs Gasanganwa Marie Claire addressing the families.

Parents and children waiting to receive the Solar Energy Radio Receivers in Rulindo district.

 

Solar Energy Radio receivers distributed to vulnerable families

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