“It takes a village to raise a child”
This is an African proverb that articulates the belief that it takes an entire community to raise a child and that a child has the best opportunity to achieve their full potential if the entire community takes an active role in contributing to the rearing of the child.
In Busheka village, the community came together to give children in the area an opportunity to start their lives right, by laying a strong foundation through early Childhood development.
The community, in partnership with HIJRA and Windle Trust, constructed and is now running an Early Childhood Development Center where children under 5 years get pre-school education.
“We made the bricks, and used the materials that HIJRA gave us to build this classroom,” Buganiro Alex, the volunteer teacher at the center, explained. “All the scholastic materials used were donated by Windle Trust,” He added.
The center, which is a one roomed building, currently has 20 children. Buganiro takes them through basic reading and oral exercises. “I teach them in their local languages. It is a way to promote culture,”Buganiro added.
HIJRA, under its Community Services programme, has contributed to the construction of 5 ECDC’s in Oruchinga Settlement camp; one center in each zone.
Early Childhood development is crucial in the development of a healthy and whole person because it takes advantage of the period in a person’s life where most character, intellectual, social and emotional development takes place.
In the promotion of Early Childhood Development, Windle Trust has been a crucial partner.
Windle Trust International is an organisation dedicated to increasing access to, and improving the quality of education. Their commitment is to work with communities in all their diversity – girls and boys, refugees and citizens, teachers and school management committees. They have a specific focus on increasing access to education for conflict-affected communities seeking to reach children and young people who have been forced to flee or who have been denied education because of the chronic marginalisation that so often accompanies conflict. Read more here.