The Commission and Coalition Umwana ku Isonga conducted an assessment on child rights

From 17 t0 21 and from 24 to 28 May 2021, the National Commission for Human Rights jointly with the Coalition Umwana ku Isonga conducted an assessment on the status of child rights with a focus on education, health and social protection in Rwanda during pandemic period.

The Commission and the Coalition considered the challenges that already impede child rights to education, health and social protection and got concerned by vulnerability that would be caused by the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on economy, health and education following measures such as school closures, business closures and lockdowns.

The Commission and the Coalition planned to conduct assessment on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on child rights with special attention to the right to health, right to education and the right to protection.

The general objective of the assessment was to provide information on the state of child rights in Rwanda with focus on education, health and social protection. Special attention would be considered on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and measures taken to ensure the rights of children are not compromised.

The specific objectives were to analyse the legal provisions on child rights to education, health and social protection; to document priorities set to ensure children’s access to education, health care services and social protection services; to assess the implementation of priorities on children’s access to education, health care and social protection services; and assess the impact of covid-19 pandemic thereof; to identify and assess measures taken to mitigate challenges on child rights to education, health and social protection, particularly the negative effects of covid-19 pandemic; to formulate recommendations to the relevant institutions to ensure the respect of child rights during COVID-19 pandemic period.

The assessment was conducted in 3 selected districts of each province and in the 3 districts of the City of Kigali as well. In addition, some institutions and general public were sampled for key information interviews. The findings will be disseminated after final report submission.