Gender related challenges still contribute to cases of girls and boys dropping out of school at different levels , KT Press reports.
However, Girl Effect Rwanda and The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have signed a financing deal worth US$102,000 aimed at advancing learning for adolescent girls and boys in Rwanda by tackling gender barriers to education.
This partnership is the first of its kind globally between the two organisations – they will work together to promote adolescent empowerment through social and behaviour change communication activities.
“This is a very exciting partnership for Girl Effect Rwanda. We’re helping to complement the work of other development organisations working on large-scale programs for children and adolescents through the power of Ni Nyampinga, using its platforms and content to inspire girls and helping to reposition them in society,” said Emma Roscoe, Country Director for Girl Effect Rwanda.
Girl Effect Rwanda’s Ni Nyampinga, a magazine, radio talk show and digital platform, is one of Rwanda’s most popular youth media brands, with about 3.5 million people reading or listening to Ni Nyampinga regularly.
“Ni Nyampinga today reaches over half of Rwanda’s population. This means the partnership will reach even some of the most marginalised sections of society, including vulnerable girls living in poverty, helping to give them voice, value and connections.”
For the next 12 months, Ni Nyampinga’s media platforms and brand ambassadors will carry stories and messages that support UNICEF’s Gender, Adolescents and Learning Program (GAL).
GAL was launched in partnership with the Ministry of Education (MINEDUC), Rwanda Education Board (REB) and civil society organisations to improve learning and school retention for girls and boys.
“To address some of the challenges adolescent girls face around gender norms, UNICEF has partnered with Girl Effect to promote gender equity and work towards ensuring that all girls are in school and learning,” said Ted Maly, UNICEF Rwanda Representative.