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New pre-school jumpstarts progress – and play

The surest route to success begins with an early start – especially when it comes to education. When children enter into school early (ages 3 – 5) their development improves exponentially: they socialize better with peers, become increasingly active and curious and are more likely to perform better in the future.

And, thanks to you, Kita’s new Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) centre will now give local children every chance to pursue their own promising paths – right from the start. To commemorate this exciting next step, take a moment to track the various stages of this project’s growth and see how the community – and opportunity – has also grown along the way.

How it all started…

Kita residents expressed the need for better education and your support jumped into action.

“Any village that wants to move forward must accept to learn,” shared Sadio, one of the local volunteers.

Over the course of 5 days, 40 community members were trained to help manage a new ECCD centre, while more than 15 Education Mothers gained skills to better supervise and support children’s development.

A woman stands in a hut, surrounded by young children.

Education Mothers, like Aminata, taught children in temporary learning spaces, while the centre was being built.

“With the training I received through this project, I will harness my skills to improve the way I supervise children in our ECCD. It’s very exciting!” said Aminata, who was grateful to grow her skillset and share her knowledge.

She also explained how the ECCD centre will free up time for parents to improve their skills and work to better support their families.

“With the centre, the children not only have fun and learn, they are protected, which gives parents peace of mind to focus on other activities.”

Multiple community members shovel and perform construction.

The new centre under construction.

With their hopes for children in mind, the whole community came together to contribute.

“When I learned that our community was chosen as the beneficiary of Community Sponsorship, I decided to do my best possible to make it a success,” explains Famoury, a member of the new ECCD’s Management Committee. “Knowing that young children will be able to have a centre to learn in good, sanitary conditions has been my source of motivation for the success of this project.”

A smiling community leader receives keys for the centre.

The handing over of the keys ceremony.

And when the opening day finally arrived, their joy was uncontainable!

Men, women and children sing and dance in front of the school.

Community members celebrate the opening of the new school through song and dance.

“The community has taken their work seriously and contributed each day. Today, children finally have a space where they can learn,” announced Mamadou, head of community.

Children play in the new playground.

The centre has also been outfitted with a full playground and everything from toys to kitchen utensils, to make the centre even more inviting for children.

Children have fun on the new swings.

“Since we received the swings, rides and the slide, children are in a hurry to come to the centre because they play a lot,” explained Fanta, a local mom.

Parents bring their children to the ECCD centre for a medical check-up.

Fresh, filtered water has been extended to the local school, regular de-worming, vaccinations and medical check-ups are performed at the ECCD and a block of gender-separate latrines were constructed on-site – making it a hub of local activity and a public health access point.

A young girl and boy smile sitting in their new classroom.

“Today, the children who come to the centre are more awake and are becoming more and more curious,” shares Sadio, an Education Mother who received training and is now seeing the benefits firsthand. “Since this project, the change is visible in our community.”

Brick by brick, you’ve helped build a better opportunity for learning, and better lives in Kita. Now hear from Tiemoko his children to find out how they’re directly benefitting.

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