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Improvement of access to pre-school education of children in the region of Dar es Salaam through the construction and equipping of the Pre-school at St. Maximilian Kolbe's Educational Centre in Segerea (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

The Maximilian Kolbe Educational Centre, which has been run by Polish Franciscan fathers in Segerea for 20 years, is an educational institution for children. The centre does not follow religious criteria in its recruitment policy and is attended by children of the Christian, Muslim and animist-ancestral faiths. The institution supports education for girls and stands against gender discrimination. Education of people with disabilities is also an important objective. The students learn about humanist values, tolerance, respect for the dignity and culture of other human beings, a regard for the law and awareness of the natural environment. The centre works in the spirit of shared responsibility for the common good, engaging teachers, parents and students in the decision-making process.

Segerea is an area inhabited by economic migrants who came to Dar es Salaam, often too poor to send their children to school or kindergarten. The Maximilian Kolbe Educational Centre addresses the needs of the poorest children by waiving tuition fees and offering scholarships under the Distance Adoption programme. The pupils, also those of preschool age, are given instruction in the English language, which additionally raises the attractiveness of the educational institutions operated within the centre. The Franciscan fathers currently run two small kindergartens, situated in different buildings. However, there is not enough room to admit most of the children who report for admission.

Improvement of access to pre-school education of children in the region of Dar es Salaam through the construction and equipping of the Pre-school at St. Maximilian Kolbe's Educational Centre in Segerea (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

The aim of the project is to improve access to preschool education for children from Segerea by erecting a new kindergarten building, supplying it with teaching aids, toys and an added playground.

The planned facility will be capable of admitting 470 preschoolers, which will improve the learning environment for children attending the already existing kindergartens. These can be moved to the new building, adapted to the needs of the children and with enough room to admit more preschoolers. Access to preschool education and English language instruction will help increase opportunities for the poorest children, preparing them to continue their education.

The project will also lead to the creation of new jobs. The newly established kindergarten will provide employment for 22 teachers and 7 personnel who will assist – 2 cooks, 2 cleaners and 3 administrative workers.