How far should a young child have to walk to access pre-schooling?
The Government of Tanzania is aiming to ensure that all children receive at least one year of pre-school education. To achieve this, the establishment of more pre-school sites is required. All Government primary schools school now provide pre-schooling, and in addition ‘satellite’ pre-schools should be constructed in areas where it is too far for young children to walk to the nearest Primary School.
In Mwamamole, a sub-village of Lukungu, near to Serengeti National Park. Mwamamole Creche was established as a satellite pre-school, by a community volunteer, with the support of other community members including the Chief. The creche has 47 children registered however it has no formal infrastructure. Lessons are 4 hours a day, Monday – Friday, delivered under a tree. The children are presently sitting on the bricks that the community have been making to build the classroom.
Despite these circumstances the teacher goes to great lengths to educate his students. He has received Government training and he has a chalkboard propped against a tree, using resource books to teach from. On rainy days a member of the community living nearby allows the use of his house.
Africa Foundation are raising funds to build two classrooms with a small office / storeroom, and ablutions, in order to formally establish this pre-school.