Now I know how to impart early education to small kids in an interesting and friendly way.
In 2014, EHED Caritas, in partnership with LBR took over St. Anthony’s preschool at Koolavady with an aim to bring in an impactful change in the method of education was being imparted. The school did not have a structured formal teaching. EHED Caritas, in partnership with LBR conducted a series of training sessions for capacity building for the teaching staff.
Viyakulamary Pratheeban, a resident of Koolavady, Batticaloa, is one of the teachers at Koolavady. The preschool supports 35 children who are from a very low socio-economic background, and at times were unable to pay school fees. But Education did not stop! Viyakulamary is a teacher in this school since 2005.
Being a very caring and passionate teacher, earning a regular salary was criteria for her to impart education. She would volunteer on the days when the previous management had difficulty in mobilising funds to pay her salary. Her passion and determination made her go the extra mile, tackling difficult situations at the home front having her husband working in the unskilled sector, and two children to support.
What Viyakulamary needed was qualification and experience to conduct proper teaching classes and further her career. With trainings from EHED and LBR, she quickly learnt the successful practices of innovative teaching and formal training methodologies. The partners also equipped the preschool with learning equipment and materials.
“EHED and LBR trained me and other fellow teachers on; the importance of preschool education, growth and development of preschool children, preparation of preschool syllabus, child psychology and in leadership development.”