Helping communities to set up, run and sustain their own pre-schools.
A pre-school education gives young children the cognitive stimulation, numeracy and literacy skills, and emotional care they need to enter primary school. Without it, according to the World Bank, children are more likely to have a poor academic performance, drop out of school early or miss out on an education altogether.
We therefore work in communities in Malawi and Uganda where vulnerable children do not have access to a pre-school. They may be living in a rural area where one is not available, or due to their economic circumstances, their parents are unable to afford the fees.
Together with three of our partners, we give communities the tools to set up, run and sustain their own pre-schools by:
community volunteers in early learning and childhood development so they can become pre-school teachers.
materials, such as paint and iron sheets, and organising classroom, kitchen and toilet facilities to be built with help from the community.
stationery, furniture and learning equipment to assist in the children’s development.
parents and community members how to make play equipment from locally sourced and low cost materials.
teachers and community members how to establish and maintain food gardens so the children have a meal every day.
Community Committees to oversee and help with the management of the pre-school.
Once built, Pre-Schools become multi-purpose hubs at the heart of a community.
Alongside providing a safe space for children to begin their learning, they are often used for a variety of wider purposes.
The physical and psychological health of vulnerable children improves as they are supported in their development.
More children attend and remain in primary school, giving them access to long-term education opportunities.
To date, through our Pre-School Programme, we have worked with:
communities to develop the skills to set up, run and sustain their own pre-schools.
community volunteers, training them as teachers and Pre-School Committee members who work together to manage and run the schools.
children aged 2-6 years, increasing access to early childhood education and care.