Every child deserves
This report provides an update on the first year of the Founding Futures project at Bwafwano Integrated Services Organisation (BISO) Community School which focuses on early childhood development and education and has enabled pre-school facilities to be developed at BISO and within the local community.
Launched in March 2012, Founding Futures was supported by Brill Kids through an in-kind grant of five Little Reader kits including software, teacher guides and curriculum materials.
Although it is too early to measure overall impact of the new pre-school facilities, the current indicators are encouraging and feedback from the project and the community is positive. The preschool at BISO prior to this project had approximately 26 places for those less than 6 years of age. Since the introduction of the Founding Futures clubs and the renovation of the pre-school structures, the pre-school enrolled a total 106 children from 4 years upwards. The demand is so great that sessions are divided between morning and afternoon enrollments.
On behalf of the orphans and vulnerable children you have supported in Zambia we would like to extend our thanks to Brill Kids for choosing Cecily’s Fund.
Founding Futures is intended to strengthen early childhood development education in an integrated community setting in Zambia, with strong potential for scale-up and replication. This is aimed at helping the most vulnerable children within the local community to gain access to quality pre-school education and therefore have a better chance of success at school, helping them to become selfreliant in the future. Founding Futures works in close collaboration with the local community, so that solutions are locally created and owned.
As stated above, Brill Kids in-kind grant supported the overall project through the provision of Little Reader phonics teaching resources. Classrooms have also been equipped with furniture, teaching and play resources, and computers and software, which mean that the staff and children can really use the Little Reader resources to the maximum benefit.
Children enjoying lessons in the new pre-school classrooms, October 2012
Orphan Charlie lives with his Grandmother, Uncle and two brothers. Charlie was unable to go to school until this year as he suffered from a head tumour which required an operation. Charlie’s health is much improved and he enrolled in BISO’s pre-school in 2012, aged 10. Due to his illness Charlie has special education needs, but the newly resourced pre-school is helping him to progress and develop his learning. A real character, Charlie is very popular in school – he loves to learn and the new classroom resources have been invaluable for his development.
“I like to learn – especially things that deal with numbers and music.”
Charlie, October 2012
“My name is Sammy. I am a double orphan aged 7. When my parents died I had no hope of school. I treat Bwafwano (BISO) like my father and my mother…
“Today I am able to do read, and do counting using stones and sticks. When I complete school I want to be a Teacher.
“Here I am”.
Sammy enrolled in the new BISO pre-school in 2012
Founding Futures has had a profound impact on the local community. We await the end line evaluation for an objective viewpoint (funded by the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa) on the impact of the project, but BISO reports that demand for the continuation of the project is overwhelming.
Internal monitoring of this project has occurred through quarterly narrative reports and monthly financial reports from BISO to Cecily’s Fund using the system which was already in place between the two organizations. Cecily’s Fund has visited the project four times since it started, to review progress and check on financial compliance. Dissemination of end line survey results will be through civil society partners, the Zambian Government’s Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Local Councils and Childhood Development. This dissemination will happen through the staff and board members of both Cecily’s Fund and BISO, using existing connections.
They are able to concentrate better, which will prepare them for when they go into Grade 1.” Irene, pre-school teacher, October 2012
“Already I have seen a change in the children!
They are able to concentrate better, which will prepare them for when they go into Grade 1.”
Irene, pre-school teacher, October 2012
Cecily’s Fund, our Zambian partners, and above all the orphans and vulnerable children of Zambia who are better equipped to lead a healthy and fulfilling life as a direct result of your generosity, would like to extend our sincere and heartfelt thanks for the support of Brill Kids.
The grant has been instrumental in ensuring the success of this inspirational project and enabling the Chazanga community to develop a positive culture and capacity for early childhood development. We would be happy to answer any further questions on the project.