Kids from Chimwe Nursery School on their graduation day
420 kids have this year alone graduated in all the five nursery schools run by Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust namely Kapandatsitsi, Chimwemwe, St. John Paul II, St. Monica and Chikondi.
The graduation ceremonies started Tuesday through Friday. Meanwhile all the nursery schools are on holiday and they will open their doors on 8 September.
Thousands of children have passed through the corridors of Andiamo’s nursery schools. AYCT believes that what happens during the early years is of crucial importance for every child’s development.
Unicef says there is consistent and strong evidence, which shows that: Brain development is most rapid in the early years of life. When the quality of stimulation, support and nurturance is deficient, child development is seriously affected;
The effects of early disadvantage on children can be reduced. Early interventions for disadvantaged children lead to improvements in children’s survival, health, growth, and cognitive and social development;
Children who receive assistance in their early years achieve more success at school. As adults they have higher employment and earnings, better health, and lower levels of welfare dependence and crime rates than those who don’t have these early opportunities;
And thatefforts to improve early child development are an investment, not a cost. Available cost-benefit ratios of early intervention indicate that for every dollar spent on improving early child development, returns can be on average 4 to 5 times the amount invested, and in some cases, much higher.
Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust is therefore thanking all individuals and organisations in Italy that continue to support the early development of the Malawian child.