Rwandan Children’s Book Initiative (RCBI)

The Rwandan Children’s Book Initiative (RCBI) supports the writing, publication and wide distribution of Kinyarwanda children’s books with a focus on Primary 1-3. The project aims to improve literacy skills and learning outcomes for children in the first years of primary school by increasing their reading of high quality, age appropriate books.
2013Rwanda

CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
Student supportSave the Children Cambridge Education [Fund Manager]Curriculum reform/designPrimary

Location Data

Burera District

 

This program was piloted with support from the Innovation for Education Fund, a partnership between the Governments of Rwanda and the UK, managed by Cambridge Education

 

The Rwandan Children’s Book Initiative (RCBI) supports the writing, publication and wide distribution of Kinyarwanda children’s books with a focus on Primary 1-3. The ultimate aim of the project is to improve literacy skills and learning outcomes for young children in the first years of primary school by increasing their reading, particularly of high quality and age appropriate books.

The project consisted of separate components implemented at National and District level. The National level focused on work with the Publishing Industry, the Rwanda Education Board (REB) and Rwanda Library Services to increase the number of quality Kinyarwanda children’s books available on the market. In Burera District the project piloted teacher training to promote reading alongside the procurement and distribution of books, book storage units and reading mats.

The project team has continuously evaluated the piloted approaches, applying learning and adapting to new opportunities as they arose. In the National level work with the publishing industry, this has been exemplified by the way in which the project has been providing hands-on support and mentoring to the key actors within the industry (e.g. illustrators, writers, publishers) to build their capacity to produce quality children’s books in Kinyarwanda, while at the same time engaging REB in a similar exercise, specifically in relation to assessment of reading materials.

Introduces a new way of developing learning materials to Rwanda by taking a whole systems approach focusing on the entire value chain, including working with publishers, REB, Rwanda Library Services, decentralized levels staff and schools/teachers. The accessibility of high quality children’s reading materials is critical to children's basic literacy skills, and is directly associated with higher student performance. Despite there is a serious ‘children’s book gap' in Rwanda.

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