Our understanding of education
A child’s first and most important source of support is the family. This can’t be ignored in a child’s healthy development and growth. Children are the active citizens of tomorrow both in the family and the public sphere. As an African proverb says, it takes a village to raise a child. Therefore, a child should be considered a complete being supported within the family and society. Meeting the changing needs of the child is the joint responsibility of the family and society as a whole. In this sense, childcare and education services, both in terms of their content and the organization of the services, is a point where children themselves, families, the community they live in and all of the policies and decisions regulating the area meet.
FSWW Woman and Children Centers adopt an education approach which focuses on the child, brings together the children, educators, families and the community and creates a learning process for all. The participatory education approach encourages learning together and allows children to include their own life experiences. In this way, children become aware of their own strengths and feel valued. They learn easier and share responsibility of learning with the teachers.
In this process, it is very important for teachers to lay aside their traditional role as the authority figure and take on new roles guiding, helping, supporting and teaching how to learn. This educational approach implements activities that are flexible according to the children’s needs and interests. They develop children’s mental and physical development in their environment, build self confidence as an individual, help them understand their surroundings as a living space they contribute to the renewal of, better introduce them to the richness and possibilities of the city or district where they live, teach them to perceive others without prejudice – particularly based on gender, recognize the cultural values and traditions that make up their identity and prepares them for primary school.
Women and Children Centers use spaces designed to meet the needs of children. The children can use the whole center; the group rooms support the atmosphere of discovery and learning with areas for playing house, theater, visual arts, music and rhythm, stories and fairy tales, puppets, nature and workshops that families participate in.