What the situation is
If you are a young child in Mali today, chances are high that you have no access to care or education. Only 5 children out of 100 attend preschool. With a national poverty rate of 45%, Mali is home to deeply impoverished households who cannot even cover children’s transport costs to faraway schools. Add chronic teacher shortage and lack of qualifications, dilapidated infrastructure and facilities, and you’ve got the recipe for a vicious cycle of poverty, exclusion and hampered child development.
What we want to achieve
To give children aged 3-7 access to child care and education inside the family environment.
How we plan to achieve it
The project is innovative: it allows children to be cared for inside the family environment under the supervision of a tutor from the child’s own family. Tutors are trained by public preschool facilitators following the national preschool curriculum, and made aware of the importance of children’s physical and cognitive development. Teaching to children takes place in community courtyards just outside the families’ homes. In addition, we support the families with food complements for children as well as mosquito nets, and provide them with micro-loans to develop income-generating activities. When the children reach primary school age, we provide them with school kits and follow them up after they formally enter primary school.
The experimental nature of the POUPÉE project is reflected in a research component that synthesises lessons learnt and makes recommendations on a quarterly basis. The research group in charge of this component is made up of parents, education facilitators, and school advisors.
Region : Afrique
Field : Early childhood
Duration : 2017 - 2019
Beneficiaries : 360 children aged 3 to 6 and 150 children aged 6-7
Project Manager : Sidibé Bayri