KIGALI, June 11, (Xinhua/GNA) - Rwanda targets to increase access to early childhood development
services such as adequate nutrition, early learning, and exposure to adequate ygiene
and sanitation from 13 percent currently to 45 percent by 2024, Rwandan
Minister of Gender and Family Promotion Soline Nyirahabimana said on Tuesday.
between 0 to 6 years of age is critical because lifetime behavior patterns are
formed during early years when brain development is most active, Nyirahabimana
said when opening the International Conference on Early Childhood Development
in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda.
the physical, mental, and emotional development of children from before birth
until they enter primary school are critical for the future productivity of
individuals and for the economic competitiveness of nations.
the early years is one of the smartest investments a country can make to break
the cycle of poverty later in life, she said.
In Rwanda, 38
percent of children are stunted, which hinder their future productivity and the
productivity of our nation, she said.
conference under the theme - "investing in early years for optimum human
capital development" - attracted about 300 delegates from the public
sector, development partners, academia and civil society from Rwanda and
It aims at
strengthening exchange of ideas and expertise as well as strengthening
partnerships for early childhood development.