WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA 2018-2019 ACTIVITY REPORT

15 January 2019

  1. Introduction

WVA is pleased to present its activity and financial report for the year 2017/2018. This report highlight the achievements made by WVA in the implementation its activities which mainly focused on advocacy and capacity building in the implementation of National and international education policies. Different persons and institutions contributed in the publication of this. WVA sincerely acknowledges government institutions, donors (GPE, GCE, and ANCEFA), WVA members and staff who actively contributed to the implementation of activities that generated this report.

  1. Brief description of WVA

Watoto Vision on Africa a national NGO was founded in June 2011 in Kigali,   by local Rwandan Nationals. The purpose is to provide sustainable livelihoods intervention opportunities to support the most vulnerable communities both in the urban and rural areas of the country consequently to have access to better education, adequate primary health care, self-reliance and economic empowerment, respect the ideals of human rights, peace, good governance and eventually improved sustainable community development.

WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA is a national non-governmental organization legally recognized and registered under No 75/RGB/NGO/2017 from Rwanda Governance Board, with its offices in Remera, Gasabo, Kigali-Rwanda

  1. The role of WVA in education

WVA believes education is the best investment for a country’s development, it recognizes the growth of the country’s economy as an evidence of quality education and reduction of poverty and inequality.

VISION

WATOTO VISION ON AFRICA is a society where children, youth and their communities are empowered and enjoy their Rights.

MISSION

Promoting sustainable development and well being of children, youth and their communities; through environmentally sound interventions while focusing on equity, good governance, justice, democracy and human rights.

We are also engaging in capacity building to primary school teachers, participate in motivation to pupils in science education and advocacy for conducive environment of schools both materials and non-materials such as books and infrastructure (laboratory, playing grounds and clean water), all these activities have brought a positive results and members of our forum have been trained both locally and international to add value in our policy and maintain results.

WVA has strategically engaged on problem solving and advocacy on research and policy analysis on inclusive and equitable quality education, carry out research and advocacy on girls education, research and advocacy on obstacles to universal free education, research on the relevancy of education skills to the labor market, research on the status of harmonization of education curriculum and standards within the East African Community (EAC), research on the level of integration and implementation of SDG4 in the education policies and carry out the levels of satisfaction of citizens on the quality of education.

  1. Implemented activities

This report highlights main activities that WVA implemented from January to December 2018 with the support of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) through CSEF (Civil Society Education fund). It’s a two year report. WVA implemented its activities in line with the following main objectives

Activity conducted Outcomes
Celebration of the day of the African child 16th June 2017 On 16th June 2016, WVA Celebrated of the day of the African child. WVA organized the event in collaboration with GASABO District and SOS. Other partners on the District level were also invited. WVA members were all in blue T-Shirts on which were written the theme of the year. There was also exhibition of some of WVA to show some of its products such as its monthly magazine, researches and surveys highlighting findings and recommendations form surveys. It was a good event as there was the involvement of WVA as the civil society organization because it was organized by the public institutions only  
Celebration of The Global Action Week for Education (GAWE) 18th to 22nd December 2017  The Global Action Week for Education (GAWE) is an international annual campaign led by the Global Campaign for Education with support from UNESCO to raise awareness of the importance of education for achieving sustainability and the commitments made by all to reach the global education goal by 2030. This year, the GAWE campaigns were organized across the Globe from April 23rd to 29th. The selected theme of ‘Accountability for SDG 4 and Citizen Participation’ highlighted the importance of transparent, accountable and participatory governance for delivering on the full SDG 4 agenda and advocated for the vital role of citizen participation in education policy making and monitoring progress It is in this context that WVA in collaboration with SEVOTA, its member and focal point in Kamonyi District, and YOMADO, its member and focal point in Bugesera District, hosted a workshop in Bugesera on 21st December 2017 and Kamonyi on Friday 22st December 2017.  Workshops were part of a series of activities planned by WVA in the GAWE week starting from 18th to 22nd December 2017.  50 participants from each district attended the workshops and included CSOs operating in Kamonyi District, Sector Education Officers, Head teacher’s representatives, PTA and teacher’s representatives.   
Development and validation of WVA advocacy strategy The objective for WVA Advocacy Strategy is to contribute to policy engagement with the State and Non state actors and  ensure effective participation of its members in the Local Education Group (LEG)/ The strategic outcomes for this strategy include; Strengthening the institutional and operational capacities of the WVA Enhancing awareness and understanding on education policies and programs among the citizens  Ensuring that WVA and its members are engaging more effectively in monitoring and evaluation of education policies and programs and are influence policy processes at regional and international level.
Capacity building workshop for WVA members on education and advocacy techniques 18th-19th October 2017 The workshop was held at Classic Hotel and was attended by 31 participants from NGOs that make up the network including a trainer from the Rwanda Commission of UNESCO. The workshop was officially opened by a representative of the Minister of Education Madam Janet NAKATO BAKUNZI the Director of Policy, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit. She thanked WVA members to have invited the Ministry of Education to the workshop and commended the passion of WVA members in improving the quality of education in Rwanda
Global Action Week for Education (GAWE) 2018 From 22nd to 27th April 2018, WVA joined the rest of the world in activities related to the Global Action Week on Education. WVA activities were organised in the form of a mobilization campaign based on the theme: “Accountability for SDG4 and Citizen Participation”. Specifically WVA’s GAWE campaign were to: Raise the awareness on SDG 4 and Government commitments towards 2030 education agenda Interact with partners and stakeholders in the education sector to reflect on the progress made towards implementation of SDG 4 2030 education agenda and identify existing challenges that need to be addressed;Develop partnership between WVA and other stakeholdersExplore mechanism that can improve citizen participation to boost transparency and accountability at all levels of decision making and implementation of education programs It is in this spirit that during the GAWE week, three days were dedicated to organizing physical visits to government officials in Kayonza District of the Eastern Province of Rwanda including the Mayor of Kayonza, Vice Mayor in charge of social affairs as well as the District Director of Education. We discussed about SDG4 and its implementation at national level. WVA delegation also visited and discussed with school head teachers, PTA representatives, and local leaders at different levels. In the process of the visits, we also seized the opportunity to convene them to the workshop that WVA organized at Centre Urumuri. In this workshop. Discussions were organized over two main presentations: SDG4-Education 2030-Citisen Participation by WVA National Coordinator and SDG4-Education 2030: Engagement, implementation  and Achievement by the District Director of Education It has been a good time for District officials, Local public and private schools representatives, local leaders and students from University of Rwanda College of Education based in Kayonza District were to  share best practices,  successful stories, challenges and strategies in the implementation of SDG4 promises at national Level.
Thematic Group work The Board of WVA has established number of Thematic Groups, each group composed of WVA members working in the same area and focusing on a particular educational theme which is still considered as a critical issue in the educational system of Rwanda WVA thematic groups were grouped into four main themes: Inclusive EducationTechnical and Vocational EducationAdult literacy/ lifelong learningGender Equality and infrastructure For the year 2018, WVA thematic groups focused on: Identification of  key issues/problems affecting education and strategize to find the solutionConducting field visit to collect information related to issues/problems identifiedParticipating in community services, helping Rwandans to overcome education related problems
Capacity building workshop for WVA Memebers On Tuesday 19th  June 2018, Rwanda Education for All Coalition (WVA) organized a workshop to discuss coalition governance and  challenges facing the education sector in Rwanda.The workshop was in line with WVA advocacy strategy   At the end of the workshop WVA members who attended : Understood  well how WVA as a coalition worksUnderstood their respective role the good running of the coalition’s activitiesCritically analyzed the challenges in the Rwandan education sectorShared good practices and experiences in thematic group worksPlanned community advocacy interventions to find solutions to the identified challenges The workshop was organized in the form of a dialogue. Presentations were coupled with group discussion and plenary sessions for better understanding of topics covered.
National Education Budget Analysis  On Friday 22nd June 2018, Rwanda Education for All Coalition (WVA) organized a workshop on national education budget analysis. The workshop gathered 30 participants, most of them being WVA members. The main theme of the workshop was “Be Well Informed and Get Ready for Advocacy”. The workshop wasin line with WVA advocacy strategy and aimed to build the capacity of its members on matters related to education budget analysis. The workshop will focused on the analysis of MINECOFIN’s Budget Framework Paper 2018/2019-2020/2021 and other related documents to assess the current situation of the budget allocated in education sector. Participants were entertained on two main presentations:-          Steps/Process in national budget preparation Presentation of findings in National Education budget analysis The workshop was organized in the form of a dialogue. Presentations were coupled with group discussion and plenary sessions for better understanding of topics covered.
External Audit of WVA by Oxfam (RFMA) 24th -30th June 2018 The audit was conducted by Oxfam/RFMA from 24th June 2018 to 30th June 2018to provide an independent and objective assurance on current systems of internal control, risk management and governance processes within WVA and to express an opinion on the effectiveness and efficiency of such internal control systems. The RFMA also provided an opinion on the degree of compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Standards (GAAP) and processes and procedures outlined in WVA Finance, Administration and Procurement Policies and Procedures. The areas assessed during the fieldwork included:   Analysis on the reliability and Integrity of financial and operational information;Evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiencies of finance and administrative operations.Determining how compliant WVA has been with its code of ethics; the financial standards, regulations and bylaws that govern WVA; and the policies, procedures and contractual obligations arising from the different relationships of Oxfam in Ghana and the CSEF program.Determining the extent of recommendations implemented following prior audit reports.Review, update and test financial transactions in the Online Financial Reporting Tool (OFRT) for period under consideration.Determine and provide the capacity requirements of the coalition staff (program and finance teams), andMaking recommendations for follow on actions.  
Citizen Mobilization Campaign on the Access of Disabled Children to Quality Education in Kamonyi and Muhanga Districts                                       On November 6th 2018, WVA and its partners (local administration and invited team leaders of education sector) of the district of Kamonyi and Muhanga had a successful workshop held at Kamonyi to discuss the access of Disabled Children to Quality Education (inclusive education). The workshop was precesed by the visit to inclusive schools in Muhanga and Kamonyi districts: Bright School (Muhanga and Rosa Mystica (Kamonyi): The District Education Officer of Kamonyi District, requested WVA to support on community awareness campaign to identify children with disabilities who are not attending school, it was realized in the workshop that there is still a perception of parents to keeps children with disabilities at their promises due to lack of education and thus they need a support to identify these problem and all children identified to be sent to school, these tasks which WVA has accepted will be discussed as way forward with two district (Kamonyi and Muhanga) to plan its feasibility and implementation.
WVA Adopted a position document for disabled students                                                     On 26th September, WVA members held a workshop to adopt its position paper on education of disabled learners. In the workshop, members of WVA have collectively debated the draft on inclusive education to disabilities and comment to the project that will benefit community by observing the education policy to disabilities to both national and international as well as have direct impact to disabilities. The presentation on the position paper were made to inspire participants to have an overview of what is position paper and how WVA can improve its draft to match the policy / advocate for new changes and influence policy makers to add value on the recommended objectives and policy review to education for disabilities. Members of WVA carefully planned out the detailed of the recommendation provided by the group member in regards to the draft (position paper) it will work on the improvement in the area of policy advocacy on the improving access to quality inclusive education for children with disabilities in Rwanda. The results will be shared to all group members and thus final draft shall be shared for collective information and adaptability as recommended by the group members
WVA attended CSEF Global Learning Event from 13-15 November 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal WVA participated in the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF) Global Learning Event, which took place place in Kathmandu, Nepal, 13-15 November 2018. The Global Learning Event brought together all national and regional members currently and potentially participating in the CSEF programme, providing opportunities to share challenges and successes, to learn from each other, to reflect on the progress of the CSEF programme so far, and to discuss plans for the next phase of CSEF    
WVA attended the annual Pan African Forum on Education policies in Lome/Togo   From 27th  to 28th  November 2018     The Togolese National Coalition for Education for All (CNT-EPT), in partnership with ANCEFA, the African Campaign Network for Education for All and Oxfam in Ghana invited WVA in the 8th annual Panafrican Forum on Educational Policies which is held in Lome from 27 to 28 November 2018. The theme for this year was: “Mobilizing national resources for inclusive public education systems and quality for achieving SDGs 4/5 and CESA16-25 “. The forum was followed by 5th General Assembly of the members of ANCEFA on 29th under the theme of  “Consolidating the voice of civil society for accountability in education”
Students at Watoto Vision on Africa Vocational Center