YWAM Mercy is assisting one Ba Vi community with the completion of their new six-classroom preschool by providing parent and teacher training as well as teaching equipment. This activity will run from September 2018 to August 2020.
The project was originally planned by community stakeholders in partnership with YWAM Mercy, but was delayed four years due to lack of funding and an additional year due to approval procedure processing. When the community recently received alternate funding for construction of the six needed classrooms and kitchen, YWAM Mercy continued our partnership, supporting the training of teachers and parents.
Around two-thirds of the teachers in the preschool are new to teaching, so this is the first time they have received training from YWAM Mercy’s Educational Consulting Team. Despite the need to give several of their weekends to this training, most teachers are very excited about the opportunity to learn about child development, ways to make their own toys out of simple materials, and how to manage the classroom for optimal learning.
Just two training classes were organized, but we have all learned a lot from the project consultants. I observed that all the teachers who attended really liked the training. I, of course, liked it too.Mrs Hoa
Each month YWAM Mercy staff meets with the project Board of Management to review project progress and to plan for upcoming activities. Local trainers also meet monthly. These 16 trainers have been equipped to help families with children under 6 or women who are pregnant with topics like childcare, discipline and accident prevention.
YWAM Mercy is pleased that this much needed preschool will serve the community and that we can help teachers and parents to be more effective.