E-Learn­ing ECD Cen­tre do­nates to chil­dren’s home

The Manica Post - - Fo­cus On E-learn­ing/opin­ion - Fungayi Mun­y­oro Post Correspondent

SIX­TEEN chil­dren at For­ward in Faith Chil­dren’s Home had an early Easter treat on Tues­day af­ter re­ceiv­ing an as­sort­ment of cloth­ing worth thou­sands from E-Learn­ing ECD Cen­tre.

The cen­tre is run by Ms Ju­liana Chir­wire, who is a qual­i­fied teacher-cum-busi­ness­woman.

Ms Chir­wire said they will con­tinue reach­ing out to the needy in so­ci­ety.

“The fes­tive sea­son is all about giv­ing and celebrating the gift of life in re­mem­brance of the birth and death of Je­sus Christ. Giv­ing is not a sign that one is rich, but it is all about shar­ing what­ever lit­tle one has with oth­ers.

“Our chil­dren do­nated cloth­ing to the dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren at For­ward in Faith Chil­dren’s home. This is an ini­tia­tive where we teach our­selves to give to the needy chil­dren in our so­ci­ety.

“We will con­tinue to help the needy with such ini­tia­tives. The clothes were do­nated by par­ents and it is dif­fi­cult to ver­ify the to­tal amount of the clothes but we prom­ise to do this on a reg­u­lar base so that we put a smile on faces of the less priv­i­leged,” she said.

E-Learn­ing ECD Cen­tre is lo­cated at 115 Up­per Third, Morn­ing­side, Mutare. The cen­tre was es­tab­lished in 2014.

It is reg­is­tered with the Min­istry of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion.

It’s aim is to pro­vide holis­tic ed­u­ca­tion from ECD to Grade Seven.

Its motto cap­tures all: ‘Suc­cess is our pri­or­ity’. The mis­sion state­ment is equally cap­ti­vat­ing: ‘A child who reads will be an adult who thinks’.

Un­like oth­ers in­sti­tu­tions in its league, E-Learn­ing ECD Cen­tre of­fers and ex­poses its pupils to an as­sort­ment of sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ms Chir­wire said she came up with the idea to es­tab­lish a school ow­ing to her un­fail­ing love of chil­dren.

“I just love chil­dren and it’s an in born thing. I am a holder of de­gree in ECD from Mary­mount Teach­ers Col­lege, out of which I the ideal to start my own school blos­somed and was ac­tu­alised,” she said.

She said the en­rol­ment con­tin­ues to swell due to good re­sults the cen­tre pro­duces ev­ery year. The cen­tre has an en­rol­ment of 60 pupils com­pared to 49in 2017.

The cen­tre em­ploys three ex­pe­ri­enced fe­male teach­ers. The pupils are di­vided into A1, A2 and 2B classes. A1 caters for three year-olds while A2 caters for the four yearolds. 2B class is for those above five years.

“We have three qual­i­fied teach­ers and we en­rol chil­dren from all over Mutare. Our main lan­guage at the school is English, which makes it eas­ier for our chil­dren to com­mu­ni­cate with peo­ple from all walks of life. The pupils are taught sev­eral sub­jects that pre­pare them for Grade One,” said Ms Chir­wire.

Sport

Sport is vi­tal to the child’s de­vel­op­ment, and in that re­gard, the cen- tre of­fers ten­nis on Tues­days and swim­ming on Thurs­days. Apart from sports, chil­dren are trained in drum ma­jorettes.

Fees

The cen­tre charges fair fees of $100 per month, $40 for gro­ceries per term and $5 for sports. For kids who do not have their own trans­port pay be­tween $20 and $30 per month. The trans­port money is de­ter­mined by one’s lo­ca­tion. Lessons start at 7:30 am and end at 4pm.

Teacher-pupil ra­tio

The teacher-pupil ra­tio is 1:20. There are three teach­ers namely Chido Chipepera (ECD One), Cyn­thia Mh­langa (ECD 2A) and Sho­rai Ma­tongo (ECD 2B). The ma­jor­ity of the chil­dren from E-Learn­ing Cen­tre are en­rolled at Chancellor Pri­mary School, where are ex­celling. Con­sul­ta­tion

The cen­tre holds con­sul­ta­tion, where par­ents are in­vited to the school for a one-on-one with the teach­ers at the end of ev­ery term. Ev­ery child at the cen­tre has a com­pi­la­tion of his or her work kept in a file.

Meals

The cen­tre of­fers break­fast at 10am and lunch at 12pm.

Their menu card is as fol­lows — on Mon­day they serve pupils rice and beef, fruit and ice cream; Tues­day — mince, spaghetti, fruit and egg salad; Wed­nes­day — chicken, chips and coleslaw salad; Thursday — sadza beans and fruits and Friday is a fun day where they serve va­ri­ety of food in­clud­ing pizza, chips, ice cream and sal­ads. Chil­dren are al­lowed to choose what they want to eat.

The school uni­forms for both girls and boys are grey and white.

Ms Chir­wire said they have plans to ex­pand learn­ing in­fra­struc­ture to cater for more stu­dents.

“We will build more fa­cil­i­ties soon to ac­com­mo­date more stu­dents. We have plans to have Grade One and Two next year. We also in­tend to buy a school bus,” said Ms Chir­wire.

For­ward in Faith Chil­dren's home ad­min­is­tra­tor Felis­tus Mtande re­ceiv­ing the clothes from learn­ers (Sharon Chigeza)

E-Learn­ing ECD Cen­tre staff from left: Sho­rai Ma­tongo, Chido Chipepera, Ju­liana Chir­wire and Cyn­thia Mh­langa

E-Learn­ing Cen­tre learn­ers dis­play dis­play goods for do­na­tion

The E-Learn­ing Cen­tre class­room block

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