Today on World Humanitarian Day, we celebrate teachers from our Fursa Kwa Watoto Programme who provide vital early learning experiences to children in their respective schools. The Fursa Kwa Watoto Programme finished early in 2018, but teachers, Dontila James and Floriana Mashingia have continued their important work well beyond the end of the programme. Each teacher has received high praise from members of the Tanzanian government for their efforts in implementing the Fursa Kwa Watoto Programme.
The Fursa Kwa Watoto programme is a school readiness programme which was implemented by our team in Tanzania in collaboration with Aga Khan University, Tahea Mwanza, Maarifa nu Ufunguo, CSR Group and Mathematica. Funding was provided by Dubai Cares which enabled the programme to be adopted by government-owned pre-primary classrooms in Kilimanjaro and Mwanza.
World Humanitarian Day 2019 celebrates Women Humanitarians like Donatila and Floriana, who dedicate their time and efforts to making the world a better place. They are inspiring and educating the younger generation and they are amazing examples of everyday humanitarians and we are immensely grateful to have had them working to implement our Fursa Kwa Watoto Programme.
When asked about the programme, Floriana Mashingia expressed gratitude for the positive results the programme had yielded;
‘The facilitation skills we learned during the programme that come handy when we work with parents who are now eager to come to our classrooms to support with making new play materials for their children’
Donatila James highlighted the efforts that teachers and school leadership have made to ensure the future success of the programme;
‘While the school received initial learning materials such as books, mats etc, during the implementation they would have been worn out by now If we didn’t work with school leadership to allocate even some funds for replacements’.