- My first teacher was my father. This is not just because my father taught me how to make my way in the world, but because he started educating us at the very early stage about African history and the importance of giving back to the community throughout my childhood.
Throughout my trips to Guinea and Senegal . I was surprised to see the amount of young kids on the streets either begging for food or money...Kids that indeed should be preparing to be the main actors and actresses of a better tomorrow.
My schools, and then my university and later my graduate school, were public institutions rather than private ones. Of course, this distinction between public and private shouldn’t matter; a school’s outcomes should. However, I got to realise that in Guinea it does as even public schools are not accessible to all.
The Government in Guinea need to be seized by a sense of urgency on providing effective early years institutions . The country and people have been deeply scarred by crises and civil wars that all but ruined our most important institutions, including crippling the education system. There is a lot to be done.
We know we need to act fast to keep hope alive, and education is the single most important tool we have in rebuilding the nation. We cannot afford to wait. We need to act now so that we do not fail our children.
I've worked in education management for several years, in London and The Hague. I've headed bilingual, french and English educational settings. I've worked around very privileged pupils.Early years education is very dear to me , as an early years education specialist I'm aware of the importance of education in general but even most importantly of the power of effective early years education on a child's life.
The Guinean Government need to recognise that we need to be creative and pragmatic about tapping into education at an early stage to contribute to the best education of our children. One of my most important pilot initiatives in this vein is this project the "Free Early years education Programme for Guinea" which will implement a standardised early years curriculum for all children aged between 2 to 5 years old. This curriculum will developed in conjunction with views by early childhood theorist so the program will be followed by all the centres that will open.The Minister of education in Guinea will be approached with a proposal.
“The Free Early Years Education Programme in
Africa” focuses on the contribution
of the private sector and individuals and on how the Guinean government can act and support us as the steward
of the whole early years education system.
We know that the private sector
is already making a significant contribution on the continent
and I believe there is potential to
do even more in partnership.
As per of one of its sustainable development goal , the Guinean government have and must continue to commit to access to a free, quality education for the Guinean children but the reality is there are still many obstacles to overcome to achieve this. It is not a question of either a role for the public sector or the private sector, but how governments across Africa can use a variety of means to deliver the best education outcomes for the children and the people.Our first ce centre will be build in Conakry (Guinée
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What could your donations achieve?
- £300 could buy 75 textbooksfor children desperate to learn
- £800 could pay for 4 teachers to receive training on up to date teaching methods which I will provide myself at first.
- £2,200 could buy 50 desks so that children no longer sit on the floor
- £6,000 could pay for a 10,000 litre water storage tank and guttering, giving a school community enough water to last through times of drought
- £15,000 could pay to build an entire school
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