This project will upgrade an existing community-initiated nursery school replacing grass-thatched, dirt-floored classrooms with a brick-n-cement structure. Not only will this project reduce the current unsanitary health and environmental conditions, it will also expand the nursery school's capacity from 64 students to 90 students.
Most children below 6 years in Kyondo sub-county do not go to nursery schools because there are limited nursery schools in the area. The one existing nursery school that was established by the community in 2012 was built using very basic materials-- mud walls, grass-thatched roof, dirt floor, etc. The leaky roof, dusty classrooms and unsanitary temporary latrine interrupts learnings during rainy seasons and causes health hazards like jiggers and diarrhea infection.
Early childhood education has been shown to play an important role in a child's long-term educational success. By constructing a permanent classroom block and equipping it with more desks, the learning and teaching environment will be more favorable for the children and teachers. Additionally, the construction of a Ventilated Pit Latrine will create a more sanitary learning condition and reduce the risks of diarrhea infections.
Children who have attended nursery schools get a head start. They learn essential skills such as keeping cleanliness and proper table manners. In addition, they acquire important educational foundations such as learning the alphabet, thinking creatively and other early verbal and written communication skills. This project will serve 90 students per term, increasing future educational success of rural Ugandans.