Montessori equipment has been carefully designed to have children follow a straightforward task to completion while having fun doing so. The children learn pattern recognition and matching, sorting by shapes, sizes and colours, solving puzzles – all skills that will last a lifetime and prepare them for higher learning.
Unfortunately, since this equipment is made in Europe, the price per product is very high and essentially unreachable for the kinds of centres we are promoting. Hence the need for a made-in-Nepal source which uses local labour, uses local materials and runs at low overhead.
We have started a project with the Sarangkot-based Nepal Institute for Learning Education and Development (NILCED) to find and train two women to manufacture these toys and puzzles. NILCED already has an extensive woodworking shop and CFFN purchased an electric scroll saw to add to the equipment. We hope to train the women in the Summer of 2013.