We’re supporting the holistic development and learning of young children in Burundi.
The goal of this program is to ensure that all children are intellectually stimulated, healthy and safe while their families and communities are empowered with the right tools to nurture and protect them. Dreaming for Change’s school include Preschool (level 1-3) and Primary school programs (grade 1-2) serving 150 children. These children receive free, high quality education at D4C’s commuity center in Butanuka.
BUTANUKA COMMUNITY ACADEMY
Dreaming for Change operates BUTANUKA COMMUNITY ACADEMY, a school which was approved by the Ministry of Education in Burundi and inaugurated by the former U.S Ambassador Melanie Harris Higgins, government officials and the community of Butanuka, Mpanda-Bubanza.
Our community school provides children of Butanuka with access to preschool and primary education, develop teachers’ skills through both virtual and face to face workshops and training conducted by our American experts in early childhood education, and empower parents to take active role in their children’s education. The school currently enrolls 150 children with preschool levels 1-3 and primary grades 1-2.
School meals help to ensure every child has access to education, health and nutrition
All children who attend our school have previously attended the porridge program when they were malnourished. To ensure a holistic development of a child, all children in preschool and primary school receive periodic
health checks by our Nurse. Nutrition is integrated in our school in four ways:
a) Children receive a healthy meal during the morning at school;
b) Children participate in the school gardens and learn about growing and eating healthy food;
c) Teachers will educate the parents about health and education.
We’re using a “FAMILY AS TEACHERS” model
To create a family-school partnership in order to improve parental participation and cooperation in their children’s education. The program enables teachers visit the children and parents in their households to discuss about child growth and development. Because many parents did not attend school, our teachers provide parents with culturally appropriate suggestions about activities they can do with their children at home.
Developing positive relationships between home and school can only benefit children, their families and teachers themselves.