The first five years in a child's life are crucial in shaping their future. Many countries do not have a nationwide preschool system in place, which leaves many children at a disadvantage when it comes time for them to enroll in primary school. Planet Aid has helped bolster the development of young children through preschool initiatives.
Preschools of the Future Movement
Planet Aid supported Humana People to People South Africa through the Preschools of the Future (POF) Movement. Working with the national Community of Practice, an early childhood development forum, the POF movement remained abreast of all regulatory frameworks and trends. A preschool in Mangangeni is already serving local families, and more sites are being scouted in targeted communities for additional schools.
70 Preschools in Maputo
The 70 Preschools in Maputo was a two-and-a-half-year pilot project financed by World Bank and implemented by Planet Aid's partner ADPP Mozambique and the Mozambique Ministry of Education in two districts in the Maputo Province: Boane and Manhiça. The main objective of the 70 Preschools in Maputo project is to strengthen the capacity of rural families and communities and to promote the holistic development of children under age 6. By building 70 preschools, training the teachers and facilitators, and engaging local communities, the project laid a foundation for community-based early childhood development services and provides a model that can be replicated across the country.