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NRS kicks off researches to identify the magnitude of delinquency phenomenon in Rwanda

The National Rehabilitation Service (NRS) has commissioned a research to identify the magnitude of delinquency phenomenon in Rwanda, its causes and possible solutions as well as a research of the impact of delinquents’ rehabilitation program in Rwanda from 2011-2018.

The research on the magnitude of the delinquency phenomenon in Rwanda will:

·   Identify zones with high incidences of delinquency in every district;

·   Record all categories of delinquents in all Districts of Rwanda disaggregated by numbers, gender, age,
    location and origin;

·   Identify and analyse the root causes of delinquency phenomenon in Rwanda as well as develop a
    comprehensive plan to prevent and eradicate the delinquency phenomenon in Rwanda.

On the other hand, the assessment of the impact of delinquents’ rehabilitation programs in Rwanda from 2011-2018 will assess services offered to former street children rehabilitated in Gitagata Rehabilitation Center, Private Rehabilitation Centers and former delinquent youth rehabilitated in Iwawa Rehabilitation Center in terms of positive behaviour change. It will also document success stories registered by Gitagata and Iwawa Rehabilitation centers as well as Private Rehabilitation Centers, highlight loopholes in their programs, document all relapse cases (children and youth) and propose key recommendations for successful rehabilitation programs implementation.

Speaking during the workshop held on 22 August 2019 to validate inception reports of the above-mentioned researches, the Director General of NRS Mr. Aimé BOSENIBAMWE said “Having accurate data on the delinquency phenomenon in Rwanda will help provide an overall picture of the magnitude of delinquency phenomenon in Rwanda and information on where priority services are needed.”

“Findings from both researches will help the National Rehabilitation Service and stakeholders to elaborate effective mechanisms to prevent all deviant behaviours, rehabilitate delinquents across the country and ensure that they are well reintegrated in the society.” He added.

The Director General of NRS continued saying that findings from both researches will help NRS to prepare a 5year strategic plan, expected to be completed by end of this financial year 2019-2020. The strategic plan will show in details tangible measures to sustainably address the issue of delinquency and facilitate NRS to conduct monitoring and evaluation to determine the results and efficiency of interventions with an aim to achieve a delinquency free Rwandan Society. The strategic plan will also help NRS to enhance coordination and oversight of stakeholder interventions to avoid duplication and overlaps in addressing cases of delinquency.

About the National Rehabilitation Service

The National Rehabilitation Service (NRS) is a Government Institution established in 2017 with a mandate to eradicate all forms of deviant behaviors by instilling positive behaviors, educating and providing professional skills.

In particular, NRS has the following main mission:

·  To establish sustainable measures and prevent the incidence of delinquency

·  To define and implement appropriate measures to respond to cases of delinquency

·  To Develop and Implement Sustainable Mechanisms for Reintegration and Follow up of graduates from
    rehabilitation centres, to prevent potential recidivism.

·  To establish an Integrated Coordination & Reporting Framework of stakeholders’ interventions to avoid
    duplication and overlaps in addressing cases of delinquency.

For more information about NRS, please visit our website: www.nrs.gov.rw