We approached the village with our proposal via Megh Dhakal, the headmaster of the Janata Higher Secondary School in Sarkuwa. Megh organized a meeting with concerned villagers and we talked about how we could assist them in establishing a child care center of their own. We presented a simple approach for creating the center that required the community to make substantial contributions. Someone needed to donate an appropriate site for the center, accessible, safe and suitable for a building. Others needed to contribute in various other ways. The villagers must then construct a suitable building using local materials and design. We in the CFFN facilitate providing suitable funding to assist in the purchase of materials. This can be relatively modest by Canadian standards – approximately $3000. The operations budget must also cover building maintenance issues, purchase of equipment and the salaries of two teachers.
We provided guidelines for teacher selection. The villagers chose among them two full time teachers, allow for training, and also provide sufficient child care volunteers to maintain a 7:1 ratio between children and adults. Typically this would mean two to three volunteers each day the center is open, or about 16 days per year per household. The CFFN would furnish operational funds for a period of two years, after which the center must become self sustaining. This is a modest sum estimated to be between $150 and $200 per month.
“Education is the largest single contributor to break poverty, income gap, gender inequality and ethnic inequality, and also to improve nutrition, health and longevity of people” –2005 OECD Report on Education
Educating one generation of citizens amounts to giving education to many generations. This is because those who are educated put a high premium on the education of their children, and this tendency transfers from one generation to the next. Among all that one earns in life, only education has the power to improve the overall quality of life of individuals as well as the value systems of the society.
Knowledge, information and technology also have a vital effect on livelihood. The effect becomes ever more substantive if the education reaches to entire citizenry, preserves traditional knowhow, respects local traditions and cultures, and promotes sustainable development.
CFFN devotes its efforts on Education! Education!! Education!!!