Amahoro Nursery School: a response to the needs of young mothers and women who live in situations of great difficulty
In 2013, the educational offer of the House of Peace and Reconciliation was expanded with the opening of the Amahoro Kindergarten (Peace in Kinyarwanda), created to respond to the many requests of the poorest families in the area – the District of Kicukiro – reported a Progetto Rwanda Onlus by local institutions. Here, as indeed throughout the country, there is an absolute lack of public nursery schools and the few that exist are private and paid. The project was therefore born from the desire to meet the many families who cannot bear those costs but who strongly desire to give their children an important educational opportunity. Furthermore, young mothers struggle to take care of their children and, at the same time, to go looking for a job, which has the consequence that their children spend most of their time alone without any protection, very often increasing the phenomenon of street children.
The Amahoro Nursery School currently welcomes 90 children, aged 3 to 5, divided into 6 classes, 2 sections, for each age level: Baby class, Middle class, and Top class.
The school is highly qualified both for the training of the teaching staff – the teachers are not only all graduates in pedagogy but have also followed a training course on the Montessori Method, particularly qualified and suitable for that difficult context – and for the services it offers, which:
After school, whose teacher welcomes children who find it difficult in their new course of study, going from the Amahoro nursery school to the first grades of elementary school;
Health monitoring, through a nursing service that checks the health of children on a weekly basis.
Finally, our Sponsorship Project is active through which children can be supported starting from the last year and then throughout their schooling in the Rwandan public system.