Department of Social & Policy Sciences

PhD student report presented to Rwanda’s Ministry of Education

Tue Sep 10 16:38:00 BST 2013

A research report written by Timothy Williams, PhD candidate in International Development, was recently used to inform education policy in Rwanda.

Mr. Williams served as the consultant and lead researcher for the project “ At what cost? The untoward costs of children’s schooling in Rwanda.” The project’s report recommends a need to re-examine how structural constraints might continue to impact upon children's educational experiences.

Through interviews and focus groups with education stakeholders the study found that many children in Rwanda contend with a range of school-related costs that impact upon attendance, performance, and completion, despite the country’s progressive education policy.

In May a draft of the report was formally presented to Rwanda’s Minister of Education. In July, the study findings were used in advocacy efforts at the UN Committee on Experts on the Rights of the Child in Geneva.

The report was written on behalf of a consortium of organizations who seek to make collective advocacy to government and donors to improve children’s educational experiences in Rwanda. Financial support for this project was provided by Plan Rwanda via the Canadian International Development Agency.