“Free the child’s potential and you will transform him into the world” - Maria Montesorri.
Soft Power Education funds and runs two pre-schools for 180 orphans and vulnerable children, often children of AIDS victims or just from desperately poor families. Buwenda and Kyabirwa pre-schools offer children a chance to be children for a few hours each day – learning the basics of being in a learning environment, developing their social skills and basic English language. The key focus of our pre-schools is that children learn through having fun!
SPE covers the costs of both pre-schools and families do not pay for their children to attend.The ongoing generosity of donors and volunteers ensures that we are able to cover everything from paying the teachers’ wages, to books, pencils and new uniforms at the start of each academic year.
We work closely with community leaders to ensure that the children at our pre-schools are the ones who need assistance the most, and each pre-school has both a Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and School Management Committee (SMC).
Although we cannot guarantee that every child from our pre-schools will go on to primary education, they are given a good foundation for learning and a strong sense of being loved and looked after. They may be tiny, but our pre-schoolers are immensely independent and wise for their age with smiles that brighten up the hearts of all involved in giving them a good and much-needed start in life.
Buwenda Pre-School was not only our first pre-school, but Soft Power Education’s first ever building project! From humble beginnings, this is where SPE began. Located on the main road between Jinja and Bujagali, the pre-school sits on land gifted by the community and took two years to build with donations and support from visiting overland tourists working alongside our team of local builders.
Headmistress Anna leads the pre-school alongside teachers Hellen and Regina who each teach a class of 30 children aged between four and six years old.
Kyabirwa Children's Centre
Kyabirwa Children’s Centre (KCC) sits in the heart of the Kyabirwa community close to the banks of the River Nile. KCC was born out a request from the community members who, having seen what SPE had achieved in Buwenda, wanted the same opportunities for their children.
The children at KCC enjoy a large compound allowing them plenty of space to run around outside and to host our annual Sports Days, which see the two pre-schools compete against each other in races, bottle filling, balloon bursting and more!
Headteacher Kanah, and teachers Hasifa and Mariam each teach the three classes everyday from 8.30am-12.30pm.
Our volunteers, both long term and short term, can get involved in the day-to-day running of the pre-schools. Check out our volunteering pages for more information.