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ECD Chanuka - Increasing Access To High Quality Early Childhood Education And Care Of Children From The Informal Settlement Of Mathare In Nairobi

Mathare is a collection of unofficial settlements not far from the centre of Nairobi. The slums have a population of about 500,000, of which nearly half are children of school age. In 2003, free primary education was introduced for all children. However, this unquestionable progress is not enjoyed by the inhabitants of the slums. In Mathare there are currently only seven public primary schools, attended by more than 8,000 children. There are also kindergartens, attended by more than 800 children.

Pre-schoolers from Mathare experience their first encounters with school education in terrible conditions, since most of the funds from the Ministry of Education are consumed by the universal primary education programme. The central authorities limit their support for public kindergartens to the payment for one, sometimes two teachers and occasional purchases of stationery. The government offers no support for the development of infrastructure adjusted to the needs of small children or for improving the skills of preschool teachers.

The children attend kindergarten in huts made of old, torn sheets of corrugated metal, without any chairs or tables, books or toys. Due to overcrowded classrooms and poor technical conditions, parents from Mathare cannot provide suitable preschool education for their children that might improve their chances of overcoming poverty in adult life.

The project was aimed at improving access to kindergartens in Mathare through the construction of classrooms for the youngest children, furnishing them with teaching aids and improving the knowledge and skills of teachers, parents and other members of the local community. In the years 2014–2017, with financial support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Partners Poland Foundation built 41 classrooms for 1,400 pre-schoolers and trained more than 100 teachers.

ECD Chanuka - Increasing Access To High Quality Early Childhood Education And Care Of Children From The Informal Settlement Of Mathare In Nairobi

The project was addressed to the youngest children living in one of the biggest unofficial settlements in Kenya – the Mathare slums in Nairobi. The main aim was to improve the infrastructure of facilities for pre-schoolers and the quality of care and education provided for children. The measures included:

  1. construction of three preschool buildings with toilets,
  2. equipping seven preschool centres with teaching aids and educational toys adjusted to the needs of preschoolers,
  3. improving knowledge among teachers and parents on pedagogical issues concerning pre-schoolers and on comprehensive care for children,
  4. an educational campaign addressed to the Mathare community, to provide young children with access to proper care and education.

ECD Chanuka - Increasing Access To High Quality Early Childhood Education And Care Of Children From The Informal Settlement Of Mathare In Nairobi

About 850 children aged 3-8 years were provided with safe and comfortable conditions for study and preschool education at a good level. Under the project, three new buildings were erected, offering preschool education for 245 children. Each kindergarten has three classrooms, a kitchen, a utility room, an office and toilets. Altogether, 15 toilets and 15 handwashing stands were built. Seven kindergartens offering care for 850 children were supplied with teaching aids and educational toys adjusted to the children’s age and needs, stimulating their development and education.

Moreover, kindergarten staff (about 20 teachers) and directors took part in training on pedagogical topics adjusted to the needs of the children. The training sessions were followed by two consulting sessions and two summative meetings.

A very important element under the project was the seminars for parents and home visits (about 350) made by preschool teachers. The visits to children’s homes helped teachers to better understand their family situation and behaviour in class, and to encourage parents to provide proper care for their children.