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The foundation has started a school, which includes kindergarten, located in a rural setting and gives access to education to the children of the surrounding areas. The programme that is utilized inspires the whole community to be involved in the child’s education, and encourages the child to be an active participant of his and her learning. What distinguishes the educational program we use is the emphasis on both intellectual and moral empowerment. With a particular focus on the rural education setting, the course materials have special relevance to those involved in typical village life.
The use of creativity, the arts and participatory learning techniques contributes to maximising the potential of each child. In our school, we utilize locally-relevant educational materials and we maintain small class sizes, placing special attention on the education of girls.
Inspired by the belief that education is one of the most meritorious acts a person can engage in, as educators, our teachers are motivated to put themselves at the service of their community.
The training we offer helps the teachers to recognise the nobility of the human character, and how vital the teacher is in helping children to grow physically, academically and morally. In the same way that a gardener cares for a plant to grow, so does each teacher help the student to acquire that which is good for them in their material and spiritual development.
Based on the recognition of the virtues inherent in all human beings, the foundation aims at guiding the teachers on how to use education as the tool for mining these “gems” inherent in every child. From the beginning of the school day till the final lesson our school intends to provide an environment which is conducive to spiritual and moral upliftment.
Children engage in saying prayers, singing songs and listening to stories which promote positive characteristics such as cooperation, truthfulness and cleanliness, which they are encouraged to strive to attain. Inspiration is gathered from the different world religions and the stories and moral lessons with which they have guided humankind.
The Foundation aims at involving the surrounding community and the parents of the children in the progress of the school, encouraging each member to actively participate in its expansion, in classroom assistance and in offering services to address the various emerging needs of the school. Moreover, The Foundation aims at identifying and training people from the surrounding rural communities to become teachers, therefore creating both sustainable and responsible development of local resources. Regular visits to each child’s family by the teachers also fosters a spirit of community and care which is essential for a healthy collaboration.
In this way communities become empowered to provide for the needs of their children where those needs are not already met and they come to care for their young who are truly the treasure and promise of their community.
As with any responsible and sustainable social and economic development project, our effort has begin humbly and we hope it will grow organically as experience and resources provide the means for expansion. The school started with only one class of 35 students, and now has 4 classes with 150 children. Such a positive start requires the training of more teachers to staff the school and to enable adding new classes every year.