In partnership with Rwanda Correctional Services, the Rwanda National Commission for Children celebrated Christmas with children in conflict with the law.
The children are held at Nyagatare Rehabilitation Centre (Juvenile Prison).
The centre accommodates about 386 children between the ages of 14 and 18 who are convicted of various crimes including theft, rape and drug abuse.
Rwanda National Commission for Children usually holds an annual Christmas celebrations with vulnerable children including those with disability and children living in rehabilitation centres to express the government’s commitment to provide children with their rights without any form of discrimination.
The centre provides different services including formal education, construction, tailoring, carpentry, construction, hair dressing, wedding and electrical skills, of which they sit national examinations for.
The Vice Mayor of Nyagatare District, Juliet Murekatete, welcomed visitors at the event, which was attended by the Deputy Commissioner General of RCS, Jeanne Chantal Ujeneza, and said that convicts have exhibited tremendous change in in behaviour.
Later the Executive Secretary of Nyagatare, Claudine Uwera Kanya, addressed the juveniles and told them that the party was gesture that the community cares for them irrespective of their shortcomings.
The event was characterised by sharing refreshments, dancing, singing and reciting poems by the inmates.