Every year, our partners in Kachin State, Myanmar provide the children who attend our Early Childhood Development centres with a new set of warm clothes to help them stay warm during the winter months. The children received their parcels in December 2021 and were absolutely delighted with their new clothes. The children were even happier to return to their preschools to show off their new clothes in January after many months of closures.
Thank you so much for your donations throughout the year that help to make this all happen.
Meet Joseph, whose hope and determination has ensured that the children in his community have a safe place to come and learn.
The school he founded in Kyaka II settlement in Uganda has recently benefited from a complete rebuild as part of our programme in Kyaka II and is now a bright, safe space where children can come to learn and play.
On November 30th 2021, our expert panel from the UK and Uganda gathered online to share more information about our brand new Cluster Learning programme in Kyaka II settlement in Uganda.
Watch the recording of the event, where our panel talk about how the youngest Congolese refugee children have begun learning outside, in homes, under trees, in community spaces; why we developed the model; how it works and how we hope to develop the programme in the future.
Complementing the 30 Early Childhood Development centres in Kyaka II refugee settlement in Uganda, our ‘Cluster Group’ pilot project has begun, offering early years education and support for over 800 children in communal spaces around their communities.
This approach has just won the Theirworld Education Innovation Awards and we are excited to be taking early years education to wherever the children are, making learning and early years support accessible to thousands more children who are currently cut off from education.
Read on to find out more about this innovative pilot project.
We’re delighted that our early years programme for Congolese refugee children in Uganda is one of five winners at the 2021 Theirworld Education Innovation Awards!
Partnering with local communities to provide a sustainable start for the youngest Congolese refugees in Kyaka II
Children on the Edge are working to ensure Early Childhood Development provision for the youngest Congolese refugee children in Uganda, that is genuinely community-led, and therefore inherently sustainable. Read more about our approach in Kyaka II and how we partner with local communities.
The World’s Forgotten Conflict in Kachin State, Myanmar is forcing hundreds of thousands of displaced Kachin people to live in remote mountain camps, cut off from basic services and support. Compounded by Covid-19 and a military coup in Myanmar; the situation for the people of Kachin State is getting worse. Read more about the current situation and what we’re doing to help.
In Uganda, we support communities to create a protective environment for their children. Recently, we facilitated our annual 'Most Significant Change' exercise with the five slum communities we work with in Jinja, Uganda. People from each area gather to share their experiences and discuss which stories of change are the most significant to them over the year, and why. They then vote on which story they feel represents the most important kind of transformation for them as a community.
This is the fourth time we have used this technique in the Loco, Masese I, Masese II and Masese III and the second time it has been used in Wandago. Here are some highlights from the stories chosen by each community.
Namakusa Ruth - MASESE I
Kyaka II refugee communities celebrate completion of the first four Early Childhood Development Centres.
In July 2020 we broke ground on the start of our sustainable construction project in Kyaka II. Partnering with Haileybury Youth Trust (HYT), over two years we will be working alongside local communities to rebuild and refurbish 14 Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres that we support across the 30 zones of the camp.
“The loss of her little brother left Jemima and her parents shaken and demoralised. They stopped seeing education as something valuable and were considering stopping her from coming to school” - Ibrahim Bagwiire (resource person for Kaborogota Zone)
During school break, the head caregiver, a team of teachers from her centre, and Ibrahim made numerous visits to the family where they comforted them and gently persuaded them to bring Jemima back to school. They also encouraged Jemima and talked to her parents about how being back in a safe and welcoming environment on a regular basis would be the best place for her at this time.
Jemima returned when school term began in February 2020 and her teachers decided it would be best for her to repeat baby class so she could fill in the gaps she had missed and have another chance to take the exam. They gave her extra time and attention right up until the time the coronavirus pandemic struck.
By then Jemima was attending regularly and doing very well in both classroom and outdoor activities. The head caregiver attributed this turnaround to the expertise of Jemima’s teachers and himself, adding that training from Children on the Edge Africa developed the skills they needed to help Jemima when she needed it most.