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LEARNING TO LEARN

May 14, 2018

KIM MICHAEL SORENSEN

5 mins

New research by the University of Cambridge puts a spotlight on the global short-fall of early years education provision. We reflect upon how our United World Kindergarten programme (UWK) is now more important than ever.

IMPORTANCE OF PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION

Children who attend some form of pre-school education are more likely to enrol in primary school and remain in education throughout their teens. Studies by Global Education Monitoring Report have even shown that children who have been to a kindergarten performed better in speaking, reading, writing and mathematics by the second grade of primary school than those who did not.

In Cambodia, we often saw older students at our UWS Schools bringing their younger siblings to lessons, sometimes even sitting them on their knee while they tried to work. Our kindergartens provide these communities with a safe and stimulating space for the tiniest members of the family, giving older children the chance to focus on their studies.

UNITED WORLD KINDERGARTENS (UWK)

In 2016, we launched UWK in Cambodia and now have nine operational kindergartens attached to our community schools. So far, over 300 children have been enrolled at a United World Kindergarten, a third of which have now graduated into a primary school.

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