Every Seedling Counts
"Learning is made possible when a young person is well nourished both physically and mentally." ~ Jacqueline
Most children living across rural Africa are denied access to early childhood education, depriving them of the developmental support and care needed in the formative years so a child can acquire the skills necessary for future learning and success in and outside of school.
The Shule Foundation's goal is to bring early childhood education to the most impoverished children across Africa. We plan to build superior pre-schools in villages that nurture early childhood development, support appropriate age enrollment into primary school and lower the drop-put rates, especially for girls.
The first 5 years
Babies and young children grow, learn and develop rapidly. Research confirms that the first five years are the most crucial in brain development and architecture. Early experiences have a direct impact on how children develop learning skills as well as social and emotional abilities. The first five years of a child's life are fundamentally important in shaping their:
- future health
- overall happiness
- and learning achievement at school, in the family and community
By continuing to neglect the early stages of a child's development we perpetuate the cycle of poverty, poor mental and physical health, early childhood marriage, and increased drop-out rates especially among girls.
What does access to early childhood education means?
Economic inequalities and other forms of social deprivation in early childhood are closely linked to lower income and social disadvantage in adulthood. However, studies have shown that investing in early childhood education is a cost-effective strategy that can mitigate childhood disadvantage, producing higher rates of economic return for the individual person, community, and country. Early childhood education leads to cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and moral developmental gains that carry over into later stages of development.
The Shule's Solution
The Shule Foundation will build international standard nursery, pre-k, and kindergarten schools beginning in Jeeja, Uganda. We will combine locally enriched preschool curriculum with International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program to best support their growth and development. Our approach will have a direct and positive impact on the local children's development of learning skills as well as social and emotional abilities. Besides offering a life changing education, our schools will provide children with 2 nutritious meals per day, access to health care, proper sanitation facilities, and so much more.
Angel is the youngest of four. Her parents Sam and Catherine were deprived an education because they were forced to work, ultimately paying to send their younger siblings to school. As adults they value the importance of education and are doing everything they can to send their kids to school.
Unfortunately, the education available in their village is below average. Their older three did not have the opportunity to go to pre-school, but Angel can. This little girl, along with the hundreds of others in her village should be spending their formative years in a classroom developing their mental, social and cognitive skills. Instead Angel spends her days on her mother, Catherine's back, while she works in the field or fetches water.
Let's stop denying impoverished children access to quality early childhood education.