Increasing access to early childhood education and care for isolated children.
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. According to the UNDP, an estimated 46% of children drop out of primary school in Malawi and 23% in Zimbabwe.
We therefore work in communities in Malawi and Zimbabwe 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.
This year, through our Pre-School Programme, we are:
Working with 21 communities to develop the skills to set up, run and sustain their own pre-schools.
Training 213 community volunteers as teachers.
Increasing access to early childhood education and care for 2,365 children aged 2-6 years.
“I learnt that you do not need to preach to children to teach them, but you teach them through play to make it interactive.”
Rose* was trained in 2016 and teaches at Sunrise Pre-School in Zimbabwe.
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.