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The Korea Development Agency (KOICA) in collaboration with UNESCO has facilitated the construction of childcare centers in Kigoma, Pemba, Mwanza, and Arusha regions with the aim of rescuing a large group of children experiencing care problems, especially violence, pregnancy, and employment at a young age

The project is worth more than Tshs. 228 million has been implemented in the four districts of Kasulu, Sengerema, Mkoani-Pemba, and Ngorongoro where only one ward was selected due to community influence and will to implement the project which included a preschool class, cooking kitchen, sports equipment, water facilities, and teaching tools

More than 200 children between the ages of 2-4 will be provided with care at these centers as part of their early education and preparation.

One of the structures built by UNESCO under support from KOICA at Nyankole primary school in Titye Village, kids will use them to play and study during school hours

In Kasulu District the project has been implemented in Titye Village in Kasulu Rural District Council at a cost of 57.4 million shillings and it is estimated that about 30 to 50 children will be enrolled in January 2022 to start receiving care services.

Giving details of the project before handing it over to the government leadership in the Kigoma region, the representative of the director of UNESCO in Tanzania Mr. Kelvin Robert from the science department noted that the establishment of child care and development centers, especially for vulnerable and marginalized children, is a solution for the development and education of children and their parents.

In his statement, Kelvin mentioned that UNESCO has found that studies show that about 46 percent of children need special care due to their families’ lack of proper parenting care, especially in villages where parents are farmers who are forced to leave their homes for more than a week and move to rural areas and abandon young children to the fellow children who are also forced to drop out of school to support themselves.

Receiving the project on behalf of the government, the acting director of Kasulu district council Mr. Emanuel Ladislaus thanked the People’s Republic of Korea for funding the project through the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and acknowledged that it would help bring about educational change for the Kasulu district community.

Mr. Ladislaus added that the lack of a child-care facility in rural areas is causing many children to fail to learn when they start pre-primary education which leads to teachers getting more work to start giving children social and domestic skills instead of teaching them to read and write.

For his part, madam Happy Mwakalinga a teacher of Nyankole Primary School in Titye Village, where the project was built, said that the challenge of rural life is costing young children, especially for lack of family, social and health care, a situation that leads to unsustainability even during class.

Madam Mwakalinga pointed out that, pre-schools receive young children without any knowledge of how to dress, play with their peers, eat with others as well as lack hygiene skills which lead to a lot of time for the teacher to do the work that she deserved to start from their parents and in specialized Child Care Centers popular known as kindergarten.

Titye ward officials led by the ward councilor Mr. Eliaza Moshi thanked their area for being the first to build the center and called on the government to work with donors to fund more teaching and learning materials as well as to build security fences for the safety of children and the center’s resources.

This is the first center built and owned by the government in the Kigoma region, some centers have been built by religious institutions as well as individuals who charge high fees for the upbringing of children.

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