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.
By the time a child reaches five years old, 90% of their brain has developed; making early years experiences the most important of their lives. Throughout refugee communities in Kyaka II, Uganda, 15,000 Congolese children are cut off from early years support. They face irreversible damage, but simple learning and connection can give them the healthy foundations they need for the future.
When the 30 learning centres we support in Kyaka II shut during lockdown, teachers started teaching small groups of children in open-air, community settings. We soon realised that longer term, this low-cost ‘community cluster’ model could help us offer quality Early Years education to many, many more children in Kyaka II, without a costly building programme. Well-trained refugee teachers, and parent-led, volunteer committees will ensure clusters are community-owned and sustainable.
This brand new way of learning will be at the heart of each community. Under trees, in homes and communal spaces, thousands more children will access hourly classes each week where trained teachers spark learning and parents are supported to inspire daily progress at home.
Fresh from winning this year’s Theirworld Education Innovation Award for this pilot programme, on November 30th 2021, we held a virtual evening for our supporters to find out more about this exciting new Cluster Learning model.
Our Panel joined us from the UK and Uganda, where our CEO, Rachel was visiting for the first time in two years.
Watch the recording from the event to hear more about this exciting new programme that is opening up early years education and support to thousands of refugee children.