Author: Dong Baoyan, an officer of Longling POF project
"Wow, why didn't we expect to arrange our preschool like this?"
"The teachers here are so hands-on."
"The creation of preschools is very delicate, for it is all adapted to local conditions. "
"I like the planting area in this preschool."
Last month, during exchanging and learning in HUMANA PEOPLE TO PEOPLE Ninger Preschool of Future, we backbone teachers of Longling Preschool Project seemed all to discover a new continent: we realized that the preschool's corners and environment creation could become very different, and anyone could make the preschool into a unique rural preschool.
It was holiday in August. In order to further improve preschool teachers' teaching ability, with agreement of both project service center and project team, the backbone teachers paid a visit to the Ninger Preschool Project for exchanging and studying. On August 19, 2020, the teacher team arrived in Ninger to start the exchange and study tour.
Entering the the Ninger preschool, we enjoyed the beautiful natural landscape. As we walked, everyone was attracted by the self-made toys and teaching aids on the ground. There are climbing nets, plum blossom piles, swings, balance bridges, etc., all of which are made from the branches, ropes, and wooden stakes everywhere in the village.
Dao Junwei, the teacher of the Ninger Project saw our curiosity about these toys and teaching aids and introduced: "These are made by the parents and teachers in our preschool. The use of common natural materials in the village not only allows preschool to reduce the cost of toys and teaching aids, but also gets parents to participate in the process of preschool education, and ultimately achieve the joint education of family and kindergarten.”
When talking about how to make quincuncial stakes, the school leaders pointed out that cement piles can be used instead of wood piles, because the cement piles buried in the soil will rot so they can be used for a longer time.
In addition to these toys and teaching aids, the preschools of the Ninger project also had their own characteristics and innovation for the layout of the teaching corners. What we did not expect was that the thatched huts were moved into the classroom and arranged as "living areas" and "music sections".
The teachers also said that there were a great number of thatches in village. Sometimes villagers cut them to build thatched cottages mountainside or beside the field, but nobody realized that thatches can be applied in environmental innovation of the preschool as well.
Dao Junwei took us to visit the living area with thatched cottage, which was actually quite rural.
After the exchange learning, the new semester began. In the daily supervision on the preschool, I found that the teachers started to decorate the classroom imaginatively as well as masterly. The wasteland of the preschool was excavated into a "vegetable growing area", and the old cans and bamboo tubes were used to build a "music corner"...... The children in the preschool were not only curious about the "new things", but also interested in these.
The preschools of Longling County locate in the mountainside villages , with a unique natural environment, which makes it completely possible to adapt to the local environment and use existing resource to build preschool with own characteristics. In this way, the preschool education will be enriched.
Funded by ASML Foundation, the “Preschool of Dahanba Village in Longling County, Yunnan Province” is implemented in cooperation with the Federation for Associations connected to the International Humana People To People Movement (Switzerland) Yunnan Office and the Poverty Alleviation and Development Office of Longling County People's Government. The specific content of the project includes hardware improvement, infrastructure maintenance such as preschool classrooms, lunch nap rooms, outdoor sites, toys and teaching aids; provision of training services for preschool teachers; supervision and management of the preschools’ daily operation; assisting teachers to provide training for children’s parents; setting up a parent committee to participate in preschool's affairs management; the class teaching courses focus on the comprehensive development in the five fields--children's health, language, society, science and art. By providing quality pre-school education services, full preparations are made for children to enter primary schools.
The project is funded by ASML Foundation.
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