Executive Director of Children in Crossfire, Richard Moore has announced details of the international development charity’s new ground-breaking programme, which he says will ‘give more than 11,000 children growing up in extreme poverty a good start in education over the next three years’.
Funded by the Belfast-based Summerhill Foundation, the Early Childhood Education programme will focus on transforming 75 Early Learning Centres in inner-city Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s vast and densely populated former capital city.
Richard Moore said:
“Children in Crossfire have been driving real change in Early Childhood Education all across rural Tanzania for nearly fifteen years now. We are thrilled that, thanks to a new funding partnership with the Summerhill Foundation, we can also now begin delivering a positive impact in urban communities in Dar es Salaam.
“The nursery-style Early Learning Centres I have visited in Dar certainly need our support. They are often extremely basic; operating without trained teachers, proper classrooms, resources, equipment or support.
“Over the next three years, our programme will change that in an initial 75 Early Learning Centres. We will transform classroom environments and invest in the teachers who bring education to life for the children in their care. As a result, more than 11,000 children in low income families will get the good start in education every child deserves.
“I am very grateful to the Summerhill Foundation for so strongly supporting Children in Crossfire to address this deep need. Together we will make an impact that will last for many years to come, changing the lives of tens thousands of vulnerable children through education.”