This project brief describes IMPAQ’s randomized control trial of the Rwanda Education Alternatives for Children in Teagrowing Areas (REACH-T) program. Specifically, IMPAQ is evaluating the Modern Farm Schools component of the program, which was launched in 2014 and is implemented by Winrock International in collaboration with child labor and tea production organizations across Rwanda. Modern Farm Schools support Rwandan youth with agricultural vocational education and improved employment opportunities.
Through this evaluation, IMPAQ will be able to assess to what extent the intervention is able to reduce hazardous work practices, with a focus on agriculture. Our team of researchers is conducting a randomized control trial of two groups – a treatment group which receives the Modern Farm School vocational training program, and a control group that does not. Upon conclusion of the study period, any detected differences in hazardous child labor incidents between the treatment and control group can then be solely attributed to the program.