Learning English is critical before entering primary school. Our preschool can equip children ages 3 to 5 who reside in our orphanage and the surrounding villages for success in our Hope Center Primary Academy in Kenya by giving them a head start in socializing, language, math and writing skills. With a new 3 room cinder block building to replace our current unsafe structure, we can provide a safe and inviting learning environment for up to 60 children by professional staff targeting needs.
Homa Bay county has several thousand orphans struggling for survival. The poverty rate is extremely high. We operate an orphanage with 150 children in residence, and also a primary school. Often the children we take in are behind socially and developmentally. Our preschool is designed to teach 3 to 5 year old's the basic skills to prepare for primary education, including English. Currently our classes are being held in one big area, our dining hall, with three levels of proficiency.
We first serve the children by attending to their emotional, physical and health issues as most have suffered from neglect and hunger since birth. As soon as they are ready, they begin pre-primary schooling. Some of the children are older, but have never had a chance to attend school. Our trained teachers provide them with the keys to success in academics by building a good foundation. Separating the students by ability in preschool will enhance their learning experience at their own level.
New educational guidelines in Kenya have caused many children to do poorly on their KPCE examinations, thereby being ill prepared for secondary school and setting them up for failure. By giving more attention to laying a early foundation for up to 60 preschool children yearly, they enter primary school with the proper tools for success. The focus on education from the ground up will empower them to achieve higher education in University and Trades, empowering their future and that of Kenya.