Q3/2011: Minath Montessori Preschool Update
January 9, 2012
The small town of Dickwella in the South of Sri Lanka is a predominately Sinhalese community. Only 5% of the community is comprised of Tamil-speaking Muslims. Of the 78 preschools in the area, only two cater specifically to the Tamil community. Classes at the Minhath Preschool are taught in the native language and children receive instruction in Arabic so they can read the Koran. The preschool classes, which are based on the Montessori Education Model, include academics, art classes, performance events, and sports activities. In 2011, there are 22 children enrolled, ages 4-5 years old, with 4 teachers and one caretaker.
Project Objectives: • Support the preschool with all the facilities that the children need for their education • Implement special incentive programs for Tamil medium preschool teachers to develop their knowledge • Expand the preschool building into a multi purpose community center • Financial support to maintain the school building and premises • Financial support for the annual school program/events
Special Activities: We celebrated the Hajj Festival with the preschool children on November 6th. In the evening hours all the children in the area aged 4-6 are also able to come and enjoy the playground.