In Zanzibar, nursery school is compulsory for a child to enroll in primary school. However, all of the local nursery schools are community-run & do not receive funding from the Department of Education. Due to the high rates of poverty in Jambiani, families, teachers, and schools financially struggle to provide children with adequate tools, resources & updated classrooms. This project focuses on three main improvements: teaching & resources, health & well-being, & renovation & maintenance.
Trying to teach without proper resources to a class of children who haven't had anything to eat is extremely difficult - the children lose their energy & concentration very easily. A lack of proper nutrition also often leads to the students getting sick & being in such a small space, germs spread very quickly. Most toilets are unsanitary & there is limited access to soap & water to stop the spread of germs. This, along with limited teaching resources leads to an ineffective learning environment.
Through these three main focuses, we will be able to increase the level of education that the children receive and improve their health. Supporting this project will ensure that the children receive porridge every morning at school, meaning that both their health & capacity for learning will improve. These funds will also provide soap, toothbrushes & toothpaste to increase hygiene, & the school will be able to receive educational materials & undergo much needed renovations.
This project will allow children to develop, learn & accomplish more so that they can progress to primary school & continue their education. Ensuring the students are fed will increase their learning capacity & a focus on hygiene will change the future of sanitation for the community as the children grow older. The educational resources will empower teachers to give students effective lessons & the renovations will provide a more reliable structure to support a positive environment to learn.