EDUCATION

Our education program improves the quality of teaching and learning in Kigutu through critical support services to students, teacher training in innovative practice, and upgraded education infrastructure to help our young people reach their full potential.

Village Health Works creates the conditions for all children to learn and thrive. We start by ensuring that students are ready to learn by providing: a vibrant preschool program for 3-5 year olds, access to a daily nutritious meal, integration of health care services, a girls’ empowerment program, regular parent and community engagement efforts, and more. We also provide ongoing coaching and training to all teachers so that they can deliver high quality and child-centered instruction. In addition, we improve the physical infrastructure so that classrooms are welcoming environments that promote learning and growth.

Results at the Kigutu Fundamental School, which serves grades 1-9, speak for themselves: the childhood malnutrition rates are the lowest in the region, test scores have skyrocketed, and parents express enthusiastic support for our programs. We have started to expand educator training to other schools in the region and have bold plans to take our education work to the national level by launching the Kigutu International Academy and Teacher Leadership Institute.

  Debora just graduated preschool and will begin 1st Grade in September. “I like school because I like my teachers. They teach us many fun songs and games.” Debora also enjoys the breakfast she receives every morning as part of our nutrition program for early education, a program that ensures students are healthy enough to participate every day. She’s already teaching her younger brother everything she learns in school and she dreams of becoming a nurse someday.

Debora just graduated preschool and will begin 1st Grade in September. “I like school because I like my teachers. They teach us many fun songs and games.” Debora also enjoys the breakfast she receives every morning as part of our nutrition program for early education, a program that ensures students are healthy enough to participate every day. She’s already teaching her younger brother everything she learns in school and she dreams of becoming a nurse someday.


Education Impact (2017)