Our two teachers run pre-schools for children aged three to seven years in the villages of Ghutiari Sharif and Chakjaggaddal. The main goal is to prepare and motivate the children for school. The children learn some basic English and Bengali, numbers, poems, and songs. Physical exercise is part of the daily schedule, and hygiene is also imparted. Our goal is to foster a balanced approach to early education.
A daily snack serves as an incentive for the youngsters to attend the pre-schools. Both schools operate from Monday to Friday between 6:00 am and 9:00 am. The classes accommodate 70-100 pupils. The schoolrooms are provided through the cooperation of the village councils (panchayat). With the help of the village community, TCF organizes an annual sports event.
In addition, TCF conducts monthly health check-ups of all students. Height, weight and any periodic illnesses are monitored by one of our doctors and nurse assistants.
Community involvement is a large part of our success in both schools. Mothers' meetings are also organized by TCF about every second month in both villages. Community health educators discuss relevant topics such as reproductive and child health, food and nutrition, intestinal diseases, and sanitation problems in an open forum, where participation is encouraged. These meetings aim to increase health awareness, while the field workers come to understand the concerns of mothers about their children's health and the community.