PERCEIVED CONSEQUENCES OF COVID-19 ON GIRL’S EDUCATION IN RWANDA : EVIDENCE FROM BUGESERA DISTRICT, RWANDA
By Rosette Nkundimfura
Much evidences have generally shown a huge consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on education sector and the young women or girls are among the vulnerable category of people. This paper intends to assess the perceived consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on girl’s education in Bugesera District of Rwanda. Qualitative approach was employed to collect information related to this subject using both focus group discussion and in-depth interviews with key stakeholders including gender experts, district officials, high schools’ officials (headmasters, headmistress, director of studies), women and girls’ activists, leaders of girls’ forums, Civil society representatives among others. Results of these consultations reveal that some of the COVID-19 related measures such as shutting down of schools and e-learning created not only inequality between boys and girls but exposure of girls to sexual abuse, bad behavior from peer pressure, increased childcare responsibilities and household chores and increased school dropout. These suggest prioritization of women and girls in COVID-19 response and recovery plans and enforcement of laws for child sexual abuse perpetrators.
Key words : Pandemic Covid-19, Education, Girls, Bugesera, Rwanda