Our work on basic education and child rights is being brought together more coherently under this program area. We recognize that there is still work to be done on basic education but that a solid foundation is established and efforts are well underway to strengthen community structures such as PTAs/SMCs to oversee teacher performance and school improvements that promote the quality of children’s education. These efforts are complimented by our continued engagement with district education coalitions (DEC) established in 2013 to work alongside PTAs/SMCs to ensure that all school-going age children – girls, boys, fostered children and children with disabilities – have access to good quality education and attend school.As an organization we look at ways of devising plans with these various structures that define how our support will help reduce their dependance on RAINS especially on promotion of children’s education.

RAINS work on other child rights prior to 2010 achieved some successes but it was thinly spread and the structures set up previously were not sustained. Largely we focused on ensuring that fostered children had the right to attend school and not being exploited, and that children did not migrate to urban centres and become Kayaye (head porters), where they were often abused. Work with communities during this period included sensitisation to stop child trafficking and hazardous child labour.

While an impact assessment of this work indicated that fostering is declining and relatives are sending foster children to school, Kayaye is far from disappearing. The assessment recommended that until poverty is reduced RAINS needs to teach children about the dangers faced, if they migrate for work so they are better prepared for conditions in urban areas (Eyre, 2013). We will implement this recommendation knowing that temporary and permanent migration is a key livelihood strategy for many young people in the North.