By offering pre-school education, our partners educate and care for approximately 110 children in two impoverished areas; one in a slum area of Yangon and the other on the rural fringe of Yangon in a poor community. Our partners also provide 150 “scholarships” to families struggling to keep their children at school. This also allows our partners to continue to work with the child and families over an extended time. Providing education allows parents the opportunity to work through the day and take better care of their families. Children are also taught important health and hygiene information which they pass on to their families.
What we like about it:
Following on from a previous 3-year cycle with our partners, we have seen a high standard of care and preparation for school at each of the centres. This is a holistic program, with our partner reaching out to families, not just the children, and assisting them where possible. Within the pre-schools, the children receive a quality education and the vital preparation needed to attend the government school. Without the pre-schools these children would not get into school!
Year One: $21,000.
This is the first year of a three-year cycle of funding (Year 2 – $22,000, Year 3 – $23,000). Entrust is providing around 50% of the costs needed, as our partner becomes more sustainable and finds income from other sources. In addition to teaching, each pre-school child is provided with a school uniform, books, a satchel and pencils. The budget also covers 150 scholarships for some children who have graduated from the pre-schools and are now at primary school. The school year start date is 1 May.
Children are raised in a perpetual cycle of poverty and are therefore at high risk of abuse, trafficking or prostitution. They are unable to go straight from a slum lifestyle to a school environment. This means many never attend school, reducing their opportunities to break out of the poverty trap.