WACIT Uganda: Safety brings new challenges in the slums

One would expect young children starting pre- or primary school to be anxious or reluctant to attend at the beginning. Yet, as in a similar context in the Karachi slums, there were the opposite stories of children feeling safer with their teacher and not wanting to go home – the paradox being the teacher taking them rather than the other way round.

This is the huge achievement of the Early Child Development Centre and Children on The Edge, but also the next challenge of generating change amidst overwhelming needs and disadvantage. This is the only way to build resilience, whatever the barriers: routines in healthy eating, routines, learning and social interactions, as opposed to lack of sanitation and sometimes abandonment…

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