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This project will improve the sustainability of an Early Childhood Center by building permanent walls for its classrooms. The town’s Anti-Aids Club serves 278 orphaned or very poor children at this Center in half-day sessions. There are six teachers, a coordinator and a night guard. A local school donated the land where the club built three classrooms, a small storage room, and a separate toilet facility.
The classrooms have concrete foundations and new tin roofs, but unfortunately the club only had enough funds to provide plastic walls. The plastic walls are not holding up, and have become torn and ragged. There is no sound barrier between the rooms, making every classroom very noisy. Given the noise level, learning is not optimal, and because the building is not up to community standards, children are stigmatized. Additionally, teachers are afraid to leave teaching materials in their classrooms at night, as they might be stolen. There is one small locked cabinet for teacher’s materials and the rest is stored at the nearby school, and therefore not utilized as often as it should be.
The installation of real walls will allow the expenditure for a guard to be eliminated, allow teachers to leave their materials inside their classrooms, and provide children with the proper learning environment they deserve. This Center increases its students’ chance of attending school when they reach the necessary age of eight years old. Without this program most children would not have the basic skills to succeed in the public schools.
Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.
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