Christian Children’s Fund of Canada has helped construct a kindergarten school for children living in an area near Nazareth city, Ethiopia. Many young children in this community did not have access to kindergarten.
The early childhood centers and kindergartens built by CCFC create a safe place for children to learn and grow. Taking into account the inadequate provision of public pre-school in Ethiopia, CCFC has made it a priority to work towards addressing this challenge.
Genet Legassa, who is the principal of Oda Kindergarten, says, “Our kindergarten has enrolled 217 children. We are truly grateful for this support. Many that live in the surrounding communities are poor and are not able to afford sending their children to private kindergartens that charge school fees.” She elaborates, “There are no sufficient public schools in our area. As a result, others from nearby communities have started to request their children to come to our kindergarten but we do not have sufficient facilities to accommodate them. So we started mobilizing funds from different stakeholders to be able to construct additional rooms”.
Most of the children’s parents are daily labourers who make minimal wage earnings. Had this kindergarten not been opened, the parents of these children would also have not been able to receive an education. In addition, some of the mothers of these children have now the opportunity to find jobs, while their children are being properly attended to in the kindergarten.
Parents of the children are involved in the management of the centre, along with the assistance of the government Educational office of the area. Some of the children who are attending the centre also receive sponsorship support from CCFC.
Lemma Teshome is a parent with a child in the new kindergarten who says, "I am pleased to send my daughter Tizibt Lemma to school. Since there were no public kindergartens in our area, I used to let her stay at home. She is now seven years old but I am truly grateful that she has the opportunity to attend Kindergarten before going to elementary school. This will help her to know her numbers and letters properly; thanks to CCFC she has the opportunity to learn."
In 2014, CCFC helped to build, repair and equip more than 20 early childhood centres and kindergartens in Ethiopia. These early childhood centers and kindergartens enroll children aged three to seven. The children are taught creative play and are encouraged to improve their social interaction. They are also thought basic math, local languages, English and science. The learning process takes place through games, songs and stories. The children get the love and attention they deserve. And they are encouraged to develop their confidence.