The Foundation for African Empowerment (FAE) is a not-for-profit nongovernmental organization dedicated to improve lives of the most vulnerable children and young people including those with special educational needs and disabilities with projects in Tanzania - inclusive education; healthcare and nutrition; water, sanitation and hygiene; family and young people empowerment; ending children, adolescents and family violence, and awareness-raising and advocacy.
Number of children impacted: 200
United Nation's Sustainable development goals: 4 Quality Education, 5 Gender Equality
Charity registration number: NGO # OONO/08468
EXPECTED SHORT TERM IMPACTS
1. Improved access to quality Inclusive Early Childhood education for young children including those with SEND.
2. Reduction of malnutrition due to poor nutrition services and healthcare amongst young children.
EXPECTED LONG TERM OUTCOMES
1. Improved academic performance in primary, secondary and higher level education.
It is expected that the IECD center will improve academic performance the young children. It will help them learn faster the numeracy, literacy and even social skills. These skills will help students to pass and timely join the primary school education and smoothly move up the ladder. After primary school students can even move to secondary school education and even join university and eventually help their families and communities.
2. Reduce the chances of dropout and repetition.
This project is expected to reduce the chances of drop out and repetition in primary and secondary school. The program will prepare more children to excel in education cycle and life.
3. Improved physical, emotional and social wellbeing.
The IECD services such as nutritious food, healthcare access, interactive play, emotional and social skills development will help to improve health and general wellbeing for the young children. They will become more active mentally, physically and socially with positive outcomes on their learning process. The play and games will benefit them by becoming fast learners of new skills such as numeracy and literacy.
Inclusive Early Childhood Development Center
Early Childhood Development is a period of rapid and critical development-from conception to 6 years. Quality nurturing care during this period-adequate nutrition, good health care, protection, play and early education-is vital for children’s physical, cognitive, linguistic and psychosocial development.
Samaria village located on the foothill of Mt Meru in the South West of Kilimanjaro International Airport in Arusha region with an estimated 5000 people lack quality IECD services. After been contacted and with the recognition of the importance of IECD services, FAE has started implementing IECD services since September 2022 though under challenging conditions.
Because of using improper residential premises, currently, FAE has been able to support 60 children aged 2-6 years leaving out many children in need mostly those with SEND. FAE has managed to get individual donor support for 10 children. With the aim of reaching over 200 children, FAE is proposing to the Gulf for Good for financial support to build a proper IECD center mainly containing three classrooms, an office and playground so that more children who are in need of IECD services can be reached and the program can meet the government standards.