Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood education program ECBF, Early Childhood for a Brighter Future, has equipped and staffed 108 preschools offering, a strong bright start to more than 6600 children in Rwanda’s most poverty-stricken regions.
Rwanda has recently introduced English, (in Rwanda, it is their third language), as the primary language for teaching in schools. Many children in rural communities have had no exposure to the English language. The preschools use English for everyday dialogue between teachers and children.
Teachers have received additional training from Canadian and USA teachers to enable them to offer a sound educational foundation in English. This training helps to equip them with the necessary skills to prepare young children for the future and support their successful entry into the formal education system. The benefits were clearly identified in comments made by a local pastor, “Even those teachers who teach primary school are appreciating this program because in year one now it is no problem to have many children because the children started in nursery school.”
Nourishing sorghum porridge is given to the children every day. For many, this might be their only meal.
The children have the Embrace Rwanda school uniform made by the graduates of the Kigeme Vocational Training Centre Sewing School.
There is a strong focus on the first ‘1000 days’ of life and finding opportunities for interventions that can significantly impact a child’s physical and cognitive development. Our hope is to ensure that all have access to the nutrients they need for optimal health and development.