Early Childhood Development Initiative

by Ba Futuru / For the Future
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Early Childhood Development Initiative
Early Childhood Development Initiative
Early Childhood Development Initiative
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Seeing the rewards!

This is the time of year when we get to see the wonderful rewards and benefits of at risk children who have been fortunate enough to attend quality early childhood education.  Children are choosing their own writing, drawing, story-telling, singing and counting activities because they have experienced, responsive teachers and a stimulating play-based environment.  The children who have attended Ba Futuru preschool are heading off to start primary school with a love of learning, self-confidence, many different languages, important social skills and strong literacy skills. 

However, this is also the time of year when local community families are asking us if their child has been lucky enough to be selected for preschool next year.  This all depends on how much support we receive.  We do not currently have any major donors to support our early childhood education program and we are raising our own funds through closing the preschool for holiday programs and various other fundraising activities. 

Your support at this time means we can accept more children next year and say yes to more families who see education as the answer to alleviating poverty. 

Please support these children and their families by donating a preschool scholarship. 

 

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kids at preschool

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Ba Futuru’s Early Childhood Development Initiative has been moving forward with exciting new elements over the last few months.

·       After consultation with parents a Portuguese volunteer was introduced once a week to support children’s transition to school; weekly yoga sessions began (lead by a parent to promote parent participation and children’s physical development); and a social competence/behavior management policy was created to clearly demonstrate expectations of children and teachers. 

·       In April two capacity building sessions were held on social competence/behavior management and a third was held to discuss the new policy. Teachers were asked to demonstrate an understanding of appropriate ways of responding to children’s needs and supporting their emotional and social development. Class rules were developed in a simple form and explained to the children. We have since observed the children discussing the rules regularly and using them to support their own needs and the needs of others.

·       In May we held two capacity building sessions for educators. The first was on numeracy and literacy (focusing on the environment, learning through play and reviewing routines) while the second session was on respectful environments (considering why the environment is so important and the role of teachers in educating children on their responsibility for people, places and things). 

·       In June a capacity building workshop was held on phonics and practical tips for teaching language development.

·       A parent session in June enabled several parents to comment on how impressed they were with their children’s new empathy skills, noting examples where their preschool children told siblings and parents to treat people nicely and demonstrating how to do it when conflicts arose at home.  

·       Summer camp also began in June with more than 20 new enrollments, increasing interest in both the two year old Dili Sprouts program and in the preschool term beginning in September. It also helped to bring in much needed funds for supporting low income children to attend the preschool.

We really appreciate your donations!

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Plants the kids grew

What’s new:

Ba Futuru early childhood team has been spent the last several months working hard to develop a new parenting initiative. It will equip current and future parents of preschool-aged children with an understanding of child-centred learning and practical ways to be actively engaged in their children’s educational development impacting children across Timor-Leste.

Learning life skills Ba Futuru’s Preschool:

We place high importance on eco-literacy and social-literacy at our preschool.  This involves learning alongside others through nature play to foster peaceful, co-operative learning outcomes for children.  It is the teachers’ aspirations for children to be creative, happy, productive members of their community.  Recently the children and adults have planted seeds, cared for them, transported seedlings to our garden and harvested vegetables.  Children now understand that food doesn’t just appear at the table, it is grown, tended to, harvested and then cooked by many caring hands.  Gardening children are focused, communicating, and working together towards a common goal.  By giving children knowledge and skills for caring for the environment we will create a better future for our children. 

Through the opportunity to attend preschool children not only develop skills for reading and writing but also valuable skills for life. 

Match your gift:

Gifting a child a scholarship is much more than preparing them for school.  We invite you to continue to support the most important early years in a child’s life. 

Bonus day:
EVERY donation will be matched on Global Giving on May 13th between 9:00 am EDT and 23:59 pm EDT. 

Thank you for your contributions!

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Food for the kitchen
Let's eat!
Let's eat!
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The new year has begun by welcoming Justine Davies, an early childhood education specialist from New Zealand to our team at the Ba Futuru preschool.  With Justine’s experience in developing successful early childhood program’s, teacher training and parent education we are excited to expand our knowledge and services.  We have recently settled many new children into our early childhood programme.  The children are now comfortable with our regular routines such as hand washing and brushing their teeth on arrival and have regular healthy meals.

Q is a four year old girl who has sponsorship and has been attending Ba Futuru for two years.  Q has developed into a confident and capable student who has learnt to write all the children’s names in the class, she can also count to 50, understands English and can sound out each letter – she has learnt to read.  Q will be attending primary school at the end of the year and she is academically, physically, socially and emotionally prepared.

Ba Futuru focuses on the skills children need to succeed at school through holistic play-based programmes and responsive teachers.  Our priorities are supporting community needs through inviting contribution and empowering all learners, offering a sense of ownership and inclusion.  We are very excited to be implementing the new Timor-Leste early childhood curriculum.

Our preschool at Ba Futuru currently caters for over twenty students, half of them community children who need scholarships urgently.  These children are from very low income homes and at risk of neglect and abuse.  More than ever the children need scholarships so their education can continue.  Please sign up for a small monthly donation and give a child the right to education.  Thank you for support of the Timorese children.  

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Thank you for your support. Now more than ever your support is needed to help low income children access life changing early childhood education opportunities.  This is because currently Ba Futuru does not have any major donor funds supporting our important Early Childhood Education programming.

The holiday season is the perfect time for giving, you can even print out certificates or email them through our online giving system, and give a donation in honor of your friends and family!

How often do you receive a present that you never use or find it difficult to buy for that someone who has everything?

We can help stop the clutter, by offering you the chance to give a gift that matters, one that supports children in Timor-Leste.

These last few months Ba Futuru’s preschool has been going strong. We have been concentrating on teaching literacy and numeracy through play with great success. Of the 10 Timorese children graduating next month and heading to primarily school, 90% are able to read and write at least one word, which is way beyond the national average of only 30% be able to read one word after the first grade of primary school.

For the moment our teacher trainings across Timor-Leste are on hold. However, we are supporting the government of Timor-Leste in training teachers on the new preschool curriculum in November and December. At the same time two of our core teacher trainers are getting their Certification IV, so that in the future they can provide accredited teacher training.

Two weeks ago we had a fantastic Halloween Party where the families of the children who attend the preschool got to know one another better in a fun filled environment. And just before that, the New Zealand Ambassador came for a visit to our preschool as they are considering providing some funding for renovating the kitchen and bathroom complex next to the school. 

It has been a productive and exciting time at Ba Futuru, but we need funds to keep supporting the low income children in the preschool. Please consider continuing to support our important work!

Devi and Ida
Devi and Ida

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Ba Futuru / For the Future

Location: Dili - East Timor
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Brandy Roberts
Dili, Dili East Timor
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