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“Before attending the training, surely, I was not aware of all consequences which might arise from not officially register a child after birth. And, the majority of citizens don’t give it much value to register a child thinking that it might prevent the child to enjoy his/her rights”. Murangira Saveli, Executive secretary at Murundi in Kayonza district shared his experience before attending the training.

From 23rd up 24th July 2019, Haguruka organized and fruitfully conducted training program with District Officials (Executive Secretaries at Sector, Civil Registrars at sector level, and Data managers at hospitals and health centers) on Child Rights, Responsibilities, Restrictions, and Procedures to Child and Birth Registration. The training was conducted for 42 district officials (executive secretary, civil registration officers, data manager, and director of good governance).

The training was conducted in collaboration with German Development Agency (GIZ which is known to provide services in the field of international development cooperation) under the project entitled “Empowering Youth to claim their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, joint project on addressing Teenage Pregnancies in Rwanda”.

The participants were clearly equipped with enough skills and knowledge child registrations at hospital matters and laws governing birth registrations for person and family, family’s responsibilities for birth and death registrations. They were also provided with a chance to share and discuss the challenges encountered while delivering services in the community.

During the training, it has been realized a kind of debate among the civil registration officers and data managers on whether it is necessary and/or not to register a child by asking/knowing if he/she is from a married couple or unmarried couple.

The training was so useful since the district officials gained enough skills and knowledge which will help them to effectively deliver the quality services. They have officially announced that through having such kind of skills, they’re going to be a better position to provide legal assistance and orientation through enhanced capacities. In fact, the civil registration officers said that they have well understood and they’re going to apply gender consideration in legal framework governing child rights which will definetely lead to reduced number of teenage pregnancies in Rwandan community.

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