I AM Zimbabwe Trust K.U.T.A.M.B.A Early Childhood Development (ECD) Program

In 2004, with the growing awareness of the importance of early childhood education, Zimbabwe’s National Early Childhood Development policy mandated that all primary schools in the country offer two years of Early Childhood Development (ECD) for children 3 to 5 years of age. In March 2020, I AM Zimbabwe Trust welcomed its first group of children to two new ECD programs, the first in Mbare and the second in Epworth. Research has long supported the notion that learning through play is essential to a child’s cognitive, physical and social development. In Shona, one of several indigenous languages spoken in Zimbabwe, the word ‘kutamba’ means ‘to play’. The I AM ZIMBABWE K.U.T.A.M.B.A. ECD program is guided by the principles of Knowledge, Understanding, Teaching, Awareness, Mindfulness, Building and Action (K.U.T.A.M.B.A.). The ECD program provides free, play-based, high-quality learning experiences to orphans and vulnerable children ages 3, 4 and 5 years old.

I AM Mbare School for Orphans and Vulnerable Children

The I AM MBARE School for Orphans and Vulnerable Children aims to address the inequitable educational opportunities faced by young children who have experienced adverse life circumstances, including poverty, destitution, trauma and the death of their parents and/or guardians. The school provides free education and a nutritious meal to 400 children from Grades ECD – Grade 6. All children and students are instructed using the national curriculum developed by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education. Enrichment activities include music, sports and yoga led by local artists and organizations. All teachers and administrators at the school, work as volunteers.

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