In the early 1980s, we also started a day, pre-primary kindergarten school for boys and girls aged 4-6 years. This was to counteract a prevailing situation in the local community where children only started Standard One around the age of nine or ten years. Before then, the boys would be found herding and grazing cattle in the fields while the girls did a host of household tasks and gardening.
Backed with meals, monthly medical check-ups, clothing, field trips in the Centre’s bus, child sponsorship and when possible family assistance, the children and their women instructors were well on their way — thanks to instruction and modest training — to complete at least the full 8-year primary schooling. Before then, most children dropped out midway. The Kindergarten still runs today with its dedicated staff of mothers and trained responsible teachers and role models.