Determined to Develop is delighted to report the successful completion of the Phulano Nursery School project. This is the second nursery school Determined to Develop has built, the first being the Tilipo nursery in 2013. Construction is part of a holistic nursery education program run by Determined to Develop, which also provides support for administration, teaching, and a feeding program at four nurseries in Chilumba.
After a sustained fundraising campaign, we were able to address the nursery’s need for a proper, purpose-built venue. The nursery was previously run from a disused house in a state of disrepair, so the completion of construction in July was a real turning point for the children. They can now begin their education in an appropriate setting. The finished project provided a brand new double classroom block, complete with a sizable storage space, so that both teaching resources and equipment for the feeding program can be safely stored.
The nursery school was financially supported by Determined to Develop, but the community themselves provided the majority of the labor and constructed the bricks for the building, in line with our policy of community contribution to all of our projects. The community also received assistance through our commitment as a project partner to the UK Government-funded International Citizen Service. ICS volunteers over successive cycles contributed to the construction and helped to decorate the walls with a mixture of blackboard paint and fun, colorful learning aids.
The children of the village are now enjoying their new nursery, and their lessons are greatly enhanced by the improved resources. Both development agencies and education authorities concur that Nursery Education gives children the mental and physical stimulation they need to develop and reach their full potential in life. Research by the World Bank in 2013 found that children enrolled in a nursery school were better prepared to start primary school; were more likely to start at the correct age; were more likely to enroll in primary school; and were more engaged in the learning process. We hope that the improved setup in Phulano will help to give the children the best possible start in life.
However, there are still many more children that do not yet have this opportunity, and there is still much work to be done. With this nursery now flourishing, we are next hoping to replicate the project for other local nurseries. Both Luvilimbo and Tiyeze are local villages that have a pressing need for assistance, with children currently being taught in makeshift structures. We want to provide more youngsters with the learning environment that everyone deserves, give them a proper start in their education, and set them on the road to lift themselves out of poverty.
Tawonga chomene (We thank you)