"Mbegu Njema"(Good Seed) - A modern preschool in Kiabakari:a chance for the proper development and education of the children in the rural areas of Mara Region.Transformation and furbishment of the existing infrastructure for the needs of the preschool.
The project aimed at improving quality and access to pre-school education, giving children from rural areas of Mara region on opportunity to develop properly and study. The goal was achieved through extension of the only institution of this kind in the Kukirango commune – the Maria Teresa Ledóchowska kindergarten in Kiabakari. Due to lack of appropriate infrastructure, the kindergarten was functioning in adapted rooms in the parish house by the Kiabakari mission – two small rooms improvised in open porches and the third one in the old church hall. 120 pupils of the facility were using the classrooms (divided into three age groups: baby class, medium class and reception class). Despite these inconveniences, the kindergarten was considered to be one of the best institutions of that kind in the Mara region.
In the frame of the project, two kindergarten classrooms were renovated and modernized, and the third classroom, kitchen, dining room, toilets and technical rooms were built. In order to secure access to electricity a system of photovoltaic cells was installed. All rooms were equipped with furniture and equipment, which guaranteed its full functionality. The classrooms were decorated with colorful educational boards in English and Swahili. An existing playground was renovated and expanded, which allowed to create a safe place for children’s enjoyment and physical development. 29 kindergarten’s workers participated in a OHS and mass catering trainings. Thanks to the project, a modern educational facility that meets all standards and is available for all youngest inhabitants of the rural commune of Kukirango was created. New social rooms made it possible to prepare meals for children from the poorest families.
The project was carried out from 1 March to 31 December 2013 in cooperation with the local partner – the Kiabakari mission.