Gitagata Rehabilitation Centre (GRC) located in the Eastern Province, Bugesera District, Musenyi Sector, is a rehabilitation centre established by the Government of Rwanda in 1975 to rehabilitate male street children under 18 years old who exhibit deviant behaviours. In 2017, the Government of Rwanda took a decision to upgrade it so that it also accommodates female delinquents.
Therefore, to date the centre admits people from transit centers in the following categories:
1. Females aged of at least eighteen (18) years;
2. Young girls aged of at least ten (10) years but not yet attained eighteen (18) years;
3. Young boys aged of at least ten (10) years old but not yet attained eighteen (18) years.
Each category has its separate accommodation place.
To date, GRC has the capacity to shelter 500 boys and 500 female delinquents per intake. Therefore,from June 2019 GRC accommodates over 300 boys and over 250 female delinquents for their rehabilitation process.
Male street children and female delinquents admitted in GRC are given by the State all related needs, including, accommodation, food, medical care, clothing and all other basic needs required in his or her daily life. They are also provided with rehabilitation services (psycho-social and medical treatment).
Besides rehabilitation services, those under 18 years old receive formal education services (they are taken back to school) and as soon as they are completely rehabilitated, they are reunified with their families to ensure their full reintegration in the society, while female delinquents of over 18 years will be provided with Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) courses like Tailoring, Hair Dressing and Culinary Art. These TVET Courses will be provided to female delinquents to help them create employment once reintegrated in the society.
Persons who complete rehabilitation programs in GRC are handed over to District authorities of their place of origin, in order to take them back to their families. However, a person transferred to the Centre who shows tangible signs of change of conduct, may be handed over to the District authorities of origin before the end of the planned programs.
From 2012 to January 2019, a total of 1,307 street children have been rehabilitated at GRC and reunified with their families.
GRC is regulated by the Presidential Order N° 100/01 of 02/06/2018 establishing Gitagata Rehabilitation Center.
Rehabilitation services provided to delinquents admitted at GRC:
1. Individual therapy
2. Group therapy
4. Ergo therapy
5. Family therapy
6. Formal Education (For boys and girls under 18 years old)
7. Religious and sports activities
Health care services provided to delinquents admitted at GRC:
1. General medicine
2. Dental & eye treatment, etc.
Educational programs provided to persons admitted in GRC:
1. National programs
2. Dangers of indulging in deviant acts
3. Values and Taboos of Rwandan culture
4. Job creation strategies
5. Benefits of using own strength and skills for self-development
TVET coursesprovided to female delinquents admitted at GRC
2. Hair Dressing
3. Culinary Art
For more information about the functioning of Gitagata Rehabilitation Centre, please read the Presidential Order N° 100/01 of 02/06/2018Establishing Gitagata Rehabilitation Center here.