Our ECDC is a great start for our children, but don't want it to end there
Since the foundation of Shelter Them in 2007, its first priority was education. At that time Shelter Them rescued 8 children (4 boys and 4 girls) from the street and provided them Shelter. But the ultimate goal was to support them to go to school. The education support grew with the number of children under our support where currently Shelter Them assist 56 in primary school, 27 in high school and 7 in university to get school materials and school fees.
At the end of the ECD education children are still vulnerable to any kind of harmful situations. Government primary schools even though have made tremendous progress in terms of ensuring the protection of the children, there are still many gaps to safeguard the child protection policy. In order to maintain the child protection standards, Shelter Them decided to set up a primary school where all ECD children will move into after their ECD education.
The main goal for this program is to create connections among multi- dimension cultural student learning and action exchange for the conservation of biodiversity. We started with the pilot project named the Israel-Rwanda School Biodiversity Program with the goal to link up junior-high GS Rugando, Rwanda and Rogozin School, Israel for conservation of biodiversity learning. This program operates through partnership between four entities namely Shelter Them, IRYD, Harmony Foundation and This is My Earth, whereas IRYD and
Harmony provide financial and technical assistance to the operations of this program.
The students from both schools have so far learnt the importance and practical actions for conserving biodiversity, experience group decision-making while identifying habitat for protection, enhance language and communication skills, learn new cultures and skills for cross-cultural cooperation, develop new skills in agriculture and other fields to protect biodiversity. The Students continued to learn their normal class environment related subjects such as Geography, Biology, Agriculture, English, ICT, Dance and music, but with major change in methodology whereby the learning approach model attracted more attention to practical actions and friendly communication interaction between the learners. This has not only stimulated excitements to learn environmental conservation by the students but also has enhanced their class performance. The skills acquired has benefited on the other hand their respective communities. It also raised awareness on the importance of environment protection in their neighborhoods.