In Kyaka II refugee settlement, Uganda, Children on the Edge have been trying to find and develop better ways of assessing whether our early years programme is having a positive impact on the children we work with.
Are we effectively preparing them for their unknown and potentially difficult futures?
Find out how an innovative new approach is helping make assessments both meaningful and joyful.
Written by Sarah Ndlovu
International Education Specialist
Children on the Edge
Children on the Edge works to create conditions in which every marginalised child can flourish and thrive no matter where they live and irrespective of the challenging circumstances they face.
We identify children in some of the world’s toughest situations and work alongside local communities to co-create protective environments, so marginalised children can safely live, learn, play and grow.
This year, we reached more children than ever before, and saw three of our models of education and child protection replicated to new places, bringing sustainable change on a wider scale.
Children on the Edge support Kachin communities who have been displaced by conflict and are living in camps in northern Myanmar (Burma). We provide education, play and expert care for young children aged 3-6 years old.
The current crisis in the country is creating huge uncertainty for people here, but our preschool centres are providing a much needed safe haven for the youngest children, ensuring Early Childhood Development (ECD) at a crucial time in their development.
Read on to find out more…
We are thrilled to be working with Learn to Play Botswana, who have just returned from Kyaka II refugee settlement in Uganda, where they have been training our staff, caregivers (what we would know as ‘preschool teachers’), and the local volunteers who support the programme on the importance of mindful play and creativity.
Five year old Kawn Ja Htoi Tsin lives in Kachin State, Myanmar; where thousands of internally displaced people have sought refuge in remote mountain camps, following decades of conflict and repression from the Myanmar military. She attends one of the preschools Children on the Edge support for the youngest children in Kachin State.
Read her story...
Shari Bawk Awng Mu Hpa is 4 years old and attends a preschool supported by Children on the Edge in Myanmar. Read how he is benefiting from our early childhood education programme in Kachin State; where thousands of internally displaced people are stuck living in remove mountain camps.