Many of the public schools surrounding the Cipanas area have very little funding. In fact, most of the children only attend school half-days due to the lack of teachers and space. Besides that, not one of the 67 schools in the area provide books to read for the children, let alone a library. Since school hours are limited, the children need a space to learn and develop mentally from a very young age. It is proven that high-quality preschool greatly impacts children living in or near poverty.
YUM's community library and early childhood learning center is open to the public daily. The library runs scheduled fun educational activities where children and youth are encouraged to participate. As for the preschool, it has proven itself by winning the 5th best preschool in West Java, as being able to provide qualified education for free. All funds will be used to cover teacher salaries, provide books, arts materials and other educational supplies.
This project aims to improve the quality of education available for children in the community. In its fifth year, the library has managed to accommodate up to 1000 visits per month. This project will improve the literacy of children, youth and adults in the surrounding area, enhancing their ability and comfort to use books for information and knowledge. As for the preschool, it has seen close to 150 children move on to elementary education, encouraging them to be more creative and confident.
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