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Addressing Early Education Teacher Training in East Africa

Silver Mountain Learning Center nestled in Tanzanian town of Arusha provides a resource for focusing on the needs of village school development.
Silver Mountain Learning Center nestled in Tanzanian town of Arusha provides a resource for focusing on the needs of village school development.

 

The "Steps" curriculum of Silver Mountain Learning Center is based on a Christian character-building program designed especially for African schools.   The "Steps" curriculum of Silver Mountain Learning Center is based on a Christian character-building program designed especially for African schools.

 

FCF Project Managers Mario and Sandra Bellaviti

FCF Project Managers Mario and Sandra Bellaviti

Miles for Smiles, Arusha, Tanzania

You may not have heard much of the town of Arusha in northern Tanzania, "the Geneva of Africa", as Bill Clinton dubbed it during a 2001 Presidential visit. Arusha is the symbolic capital of the Eastern Africa Coalition, and the location of the UN Tribunal for the Rwandan Genocide, plus home to many diplomats and UN workers. Additionally, it is the base for many safari tours to renowned national parks like Serengeti and Kilimanjaro.

"It was here", share Mario and Sandra Bellaviti, FCF Project Managers of Miles for Smiles, "that we were offered a newly built school facility, and so established Silver Mountain Learning Center, a multi-cultural kindergarten for children from various countries, which evolved into a teacher training center for local teachers, steeping them in early childhood education methods."

"Together with a close friend, the former administrator of a prestigious Arusha school, we organized seminars for teachers from cities and villages across the country. Current plans involve the training of 12,000 teachers for schools nationwide.

Their curriculum is based on the Steps program, a Christian character-building program designed especially for African schools, and their approach one of practicality. "In the mornings we major on classes that provide practical advice and tips, and in the afternoons we host workshops, with question-and-answer sessions", adds Sandra.

"With the support and training we receive via Family Care Foundation we are able to focus our years of experience in the field of education to meet a desperate educational and spiritual void in the life of East Africa’s children.

To learn more: Miles for Smiles.