Rwanda Promotes Registration Of Children At Birth


what is ed geneva; font-size: small;”>Every new baby is expected to be registered a week after being born although some families in Rwanda do not care about this rule waiting for ten or more years later to register them.

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Birth registration is the official recording of the birth of a child by the government, a fundamental human right and an essential means of protecting a child’s right to an identity.

Through AVSI, Rwanda is encouraging and promoting the birth registration so that all children can be recognized by the country and access all their rights.

AVSI considers not only the needs of the individual, but also how the individual relates to family and community. It aims at develop a person’s capacity to take responsibility for his or her own life, while strengthening the social networks people rely on for support.

In Nyanza District, Southern Province, 17 families’ only 42 children who were not registered legally at ten years old. This was done after families were taught about human rights by AVSI-Rwanda.

AVSI promotes Children’s rights to education, development, health, protection and joy. It is helps and expands early commitment to children through projects aimed at strengthening education and health services, and building the capacity of Rwanda’s human resources.

AVSI’s Distance Support Programme (DSP) gives more than 1,400 students a chance to go to school, it works with communities, schools, educators and families—the groups and individuals who help children discover their inherent potential.

According to Djuma Habyarimana, 49, a parent of three, he decided to register his children, because he believes in children’s rights.

“We decided to register our children legally, because we had ignored their rights of being registered officially,” said Habyarimana.

He added that most times the delay of registering children is because of illiteracy and ignorance of the parents and children’s rights.

The Director of AVSI Rwanda, Birara Honorette, said AVSI seeks to fight against illiteracy, by teaching adults who don’t know to read, write and count and remind them about their rights too.


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