This project will provide opportunities for pre- and primary age children of poverty to have a quality, hands-on, experiential education that will prepare them for a successful school experience and give them concentration, organization, coordination, order, and English communication skills, and help them to learn independently, through the proven Montessori educational system.
Tanzania does not offer public education before age seven and private schools that do have early childhood classes are not an option for the vast majority of families. All scientific research points to the critical importance of learning from the ages of 3 - 6 years old and the ability of very young children to easily learn a second language during those years.
By providing an education for young children in a model program, the Center will offer these children a chance for a better future, and also be a leader in, and a stimulus for, establishing more early childhood programs such as this in Tanzania. Tanzanian school children need English skills in order to be able to pass the tests that they must take in order to determine if they can attend secondary school. This project will help ensure that many more children will get the training they need.
The benefits of early schooling dramatically increase the chance of young children continuing their education through high school years and beyond. This project will create within the community a demand for more programs that meet the needs of young children and will, as it expands, be available for an ever-growing number of students.