Pre-school Education

BRIEF SUMMARY

Key Benefits

What We Have Achieved

How We Work

The Project’s Future

What It Costs
By donating to this project, you will provide support to help the pre-schools flourish. It costs RIPPLE Africa an ongoing monthly sum to support each pre-school. Other projects are one-off capital costs, such as building new classroom blocks for three of RIPPLE Africa’s supported pre-schools.


FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROJECT
Why Is It So Important?
RIPPLE Africa supports eight pre-schools in the Nkhata Bay District by:

  • All pre-school teachers grow sweet potatoes for the children
    All pre-school teachers grow sweet potatoes for the children
  • Teachers are paid to provide meals of sweet potatoes to all of the children in all of the pre-schools every day
    Teachers are paid to provide meals of sweet potatoes to all of the children in all of the pre-schools every day
  • Many of the children are orphans, and the sweet potatoes provide essential nourishment
    Many of the children are orphans, and the sweet potatoes provide essential nourishment

RIPPLE Africa’s pre-schools are managed by a local Pre-school Coordinator, and the work of the teachers is further enhanced by the involvement of overseas volunteers who often help in the classroom.

Most people recognise the critical link between the important foundation which pre-school education provides, and the level of success in education students will experience later on. Those first formative years are essential to a child’s education and development as a whole.

The Malawian government recognises this link and encourages communities to set up local pre-schools. However, with no financial support, the reality is that pre-schools are almost always run on a voluntary basis without any resources, and most teachers work for free, often in buildings which are unsuitable and even unsafe for children.

  • RIPPLE Africa provides locally made toys
    RIPPLE Africa provides locally made toys
  • Mazembe Pre-school built by RIPPLE Africa Mazembe Pre-school built by RIPPLE Africa
  • RIPPLE Africa supports eight local pre-schools
    RIPPLE Africa supports eight local pre-schools

RIPPLE Africa is making a difference to early education by ensuring that all the pre-schools it supports are equipped with the essential components necessary to providing this foundation:

RIPPLE Africa is providing a benefit to hundreds of young children, providing local employment to pre-school teachers, and, through the sweet potato project, helping communities to look after their most vulnerable youngsters.

One in eight children in Malawi are orphans and often struggle to find enough food to eat, let alone find the time to focus on their education. Our sweet potato project means that they get a hot meal whenever they attend pre-school. This helps improve concentration, creates an incentive to attend pre-school, and reaches out to the most vulnerable children in the community by providing a benefit not only to their educational needs but also to their health. Each teacher is paid a small bonus for growing the sweet potatoes, which also helps to improve their own income.

What We Have Achieved

RIPPLE Africa supports pre-school education in Malawi by helping eight pre-schools locally in the villages of Chiomba, Chitungulu, Kachere, Katenthere, Matete 1, Matete 2, Mazembe, and Mwaya.

How We Work

Our Pre-school Coordinator manages all of our eight pre-schools and teachers, and he monitors them regularly. We make the children’s education fun and effective, and they are also encouraged to come to school with the supply of sweet potatoes which are grown and provided by the teachers.

The Project’s Future

We will continue to support our eight pre-schools by paying the salaries of teachers and providing resources. We will also provide volunteer pre-school teachers to work with our staff and ensure that we share best practice.

Videos

Volunteering in the Pre-schools (2:50)

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