Save the Children International Opens First Kindergarten in Zaatari Refugee Camp
Save the Children International launched “Rainbow Kindergarten”, the first pre-school in Zaatari Refugee Camp on Sunday, December 9th, 2012. Ministry of Education officials and Save the Children’s education programs’ managers attended the opening ceremony at the camp along with Syrian families.
The site consists of four fully furnished winterized tents, one playground and latrines. The pre-school will be accessible to more than 600 Syrian children between the ages of three and five.
“I didn’t like to go out and play because everything was full of older kids, and now I am very happy that I will start coming to the kindergarten,” said 4 year old Sadine, “I want to make friends here.”
With the support of Save the Children Norway, Rainbow Kindergarten is offering recreational kits, notebooks, stationary, school bags, hygiene kits, warm clothing and undergarments. Early Childhood Development sessions and a Home Learning Package will be offered to mothers of the preschoolers.
“The opening of this kindergarten is a significant achievement in our efforts to support and meet the needs of the Syrian children,” said Tamer Kirolos, Country Director of Save the Children in Jordan, “Early childhood is a critical stage in a child’s development, where they obtain the very basic social and cognitive skills, and offering education at that early age creates a solid base for the child’s development.”
Along with ensuring a safe learning environment in the camp, Rainbow Kindergarten provides drinking water to its preschoolers.
“I am very pleased that my five year old daughter Tuqa now has a place to be where she will be given attention in order to learn, play and be safe especially after what we’ve been through. For the past three months since we’ve been in Zaatari, Tuqa has been playing with things we had in the tent, so I am glad that there is a place that is focusing on a child’s learning.” said Manal, a mother of four children.
The kindergarten will be managed by Jordanian teachers and Syrian volunteers, who will implement the Ministry of Education’s national interactive curriculum for kindergartens.