The opening of a new early childhood education centre
When Luján attended her first day of school, she was excited and nervous. Walking into the classroom, she was overwhelmed by what she saw. Bright yellow, blue and purple curtains fluttered by the open windows. Two long wooden tables with 30 chairs lined the centre of the room, and colourful toys sat on a large shelf.
With the support of CCFC children like Luján are enjoying the thrill of going to school for the very first time.
Before Luján attended her first kindergarten class, she was part of an early childhood education outreach program. Once a week, a teacher visited the homes of Luján and other children in the community. Because of the distance between houses, the program struggled, and not every child could be reached. Parents expressed a desperate need for the construction of a classroom to help provide a regular, structured setting where more children could learn.
CCFC support was used to build the classroom, and to furnish it with desks, chairs, a chalkboard, and teaching materials and toys.
Also built was a child-friendly bathroom, a new experience for many children. Half of the community gets their water from shallow, easily contaminated hand-dug wells, and plumbing is rare. Children were taught how to use toilets, and the importance of hand washing with soap and water.
Today, 65 students enjoy the new classroom and the adventure of going to school.
LUJÁN (CENTRE ON DONKEY) AND HER CLASSMATES
Inspiring Change Fall/Winter 2014