Ba Futuru’s preschool launched its “Colorful Expression! Art Exhibition” on 24 April. The exhibition was open to the public and school groups came through for several days after the launch. At the opening, Ba Futuru was honored by the attendance of distinguished guests including the New Zealand Ambassador Vicki Poole, United States Ambassador Kathleen Fitzpatrick and French Representative Elsa Marcesse whom attended together with more than 70 others including volunteers from various organizations, parents and the budding young artists. The Art Exhibition raised $500 for the school through selling the young artists wonderful art work.
In the last several months the Explorers class has been starting their day outside when the temperature is cooler, selecting activities from the outdoor classroom. The teaching and learning doesn’t stop, just because we are outside. It just gets richer with children’s exploration of the natural world investigating Sand, Water, Insects, Nature and Gardening. Being outside, has stimulated our children to ask questions, research answers and draw their own conclusions about how the natural world works around them. It has been great to see their enthusiasm and watch them working together, listening to others and sharing their ideas, piecing together their own working theories.
Being outside has tuned the children into searching for insects, and a lot of thought provoking discussions have transpired, where do they live, what do they eat, are they a baby or a grandpa? Insects have been carefully observed and drawn, this is the start of being a scientist, collecting data.
We have made a bigger sandpit, and the children have got busy with exploring it in different ways. Some children have been filling and emptying containers and making sand castles. Others are still learning how do this with teachers working alongside them and guiding them.
There has been a lot of interest with dramatic play with making pancakes and birthday cakes. Others are experimenting with water and making rivers and ponds and then hypothesising where the water disappears too. Making patterns and marks in the sand has also been popular, with some children writing their names and drawing pictures.
We have had two volunteers from Denmark working alongside us with developing a physical movement programme. They are in their last year of university and have volunteered their time and expertise in this important curriculum area. Children need to “learn to move and to move to learn” is the educational school saying. Our children have enjoyed these classes so much we have decided to continue them.
Our Ba Futuru Gardening Project is underway and we are going to start small, with one garden at a time. We now have a new shade house, which is where all our seed planting will be done. The children have already started with planting up some of the planter boxes, with herbs like lemongrass, ginger, turmeric and garlic so farThe aim of the garden project is to create an environmental space that supports children and the community in learning about the natural world. This involves growing, nurturing, harvesting and becoming a caretaker of the “Beloved Land” through learning about sustainability. We have been successful in planting lemon grass, pumpkin, tomato, turmeric and ginger so far.
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In December, 7 chidlren (4 girls and 3 boys) graduated from Ba Futuru's preschool! Then in January many more children registered. We now have 20 children attending Ba Futuru's Early Childhood Facility for free with your generous support.
This month we are welcoming a new teacher to our team, Lara Akbaba, from New Zealand. For more information on our staff see: http://earlychildhoodfacility.org/meet-the-staff/
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This year, we encouraged the families of our preschool children to join the fun and dynamic activities we have planned. We had a wonderful time celebrating UN day/cultural celebration with parents and students where fantastic songs were sung from the different nationalities of Ba Futuru’s preschool children as well as a Moroccan dance performance by the children. Students, teachers and parents all joined in on the fun and got to experience the taste of the various cultures represented.
Your support through Global Giving has generously supplied the funds needed for us to welcome 15 economically disadvantaged community students in our preschool. You have supported the personal development and academic growth of these children through the provision of engaging activities and materials while their physical health is supported by nutritious snacks.
A parent from a 5-year-old student stated that: “My son has learnt so many things at school. I was really impressed when I saw him share information on continents and country name with his little sister. He also taught his little sister to sing and count in Tetun, English and Portuguese!”
In December, we will also provide a follow-up training for our educators on early childhood education and child protection. Furthermore, we have recently had the addition of a new international teacher Juanita Belling from Sri Lanka. She has more than 5 years of experience in working in education and will no doubt has greatly contributed to the development of our early childhood education program.
Lastly, we are working on a thorough safety protocol for Ba Futuru’s preschool in collaboration with the US Embassy to ensure the safety and security of our preschool students. We expect the protocol will be finalized before the end of the year.
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Once again we appreciate all that you have done to provide this amazing opportunity for these Timorese children.
Due to your generous support during the second semester of preschool in 2017 16 kids were able to attend Ba Futuru’s Early Childhood Education Facility free of charge (7 boys and 9 girls).
The children’s social and cognitive skill development leapt forward as our facility provided them the space and opportunity to learn and explore, each child receiving support tailored to their developmental stage. The children engaged in fun activities around literacy and numeracy development based on the national curriculum provided by Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Education.
Ba Futuru preschool also works to develop the social skills of the child, specifically focusing on their competencies in the areas of sharing, relationship building, empathy, respect for others, and following the rules.
One of the young girls in the 4/5 year old Explorers class influenced her parents to become more respectful and not use bad words. Her mother also reported to her preschool teachers that her child’s behavior has improved since she has been attending Ba Futuru’s preschool.
These children rely on your support in order that they can continue to receive a high standard of early childhood education, which provides a great start for their future. Please consider sharing the opportunity to support this important cause with your friends and family.
Ba Futuru’s preschool celebrated Timor-Leste’s 15 year anniversary of its independence with a fantastic festival showcasing local artisans, culture, music and dance. Students, teachers and parents enjoyed a fun filled day at Ba Futuru’s Peace Center, and learnt about turtles and environmental protection as well. The children even got to visit with real live turtles and watch filming about their nesting habits.
In May the students also took a field trip to visit the Dili International Airport and got to learn about airplanes and sit in the cockpit of a small plane.
Enrollment at our preschool has reached 45 students this semester and thanks to your invaluable support we have been able to provide 15 low income children with free education.
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