Early Learning and the Foundations for PrimaryJuly 11 2017

The Pre primary class at Likonde School before EdUKaid

UNICEF claims that early childhood development helps children with early cognitive and language skills, building social competency and supporting emotional development. Whilst here in the UK children start school aged 4, for Tanzania it’s a different story. In fact, about 38% do not attend pre-primary at all. For the ones who do - their classroom is often beneath a tree with no sign of a teacher, let alone resources.

With this in mind, 2009 saw EdUKaid’s first pre-primary class. A room was built at Imekuwa Primary school and the children thrived. And so, eight years on, we have a grand total of 15 EdUKaid pre-primaries. In addition we have employed 15 Montessori trained teachers and, at least one assistant per class. The classes have proved popular with the local communities, in some cases raising from 10-15 children to well over 100! The locals have been helping too, creating resources, painting classrooms, digging foundations and even offering an extra hand for the larger classes. 

In a region where 43% of children drop out of school in the first four years, these children will now have the opportunity to develop the fondations they need to transition through school and achieve their full potential. 

This result of these pre-primary classes is that the number of children enrolling has increased by 35% since 2015 and the number of children successfully transitioning to primary school has doubled. 

We are incrediably greatful to the Scott Bader Commonwealth Fund whose funding has enabled our latest three pre-primaries. Over the last few weeks the team have been getting our latest pre-primary classrooms ready at Mbuo and Naumbu and soon Kawawa. Here’s how they are shaping up at the moment:

  

Naumbu Pre-primary - a renovation of an old buliding - before and after

Mbuo Pre-primary needed to be built from scratch

And here are the new additions to the pre-primary team:

 

Keep an eye out – we’ll soon be posting photos of full classrooms!

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