Disasters like Tropical Cyclone Winston can seriously affect a child’s ability and motivation to go to school, and all of our programs in response to the cyclone ensured children were protected and returning to school as early as possible.
After initial assessments, Save the Children was on the ground, providing communities with the support needed to ensure schools were able to reopen. First, we provided tents that could be used as Temporary Learning Centres, in schools that had major structural damage to classrooms. We then distributed teaching and learning materials, such as books, chalkboards, stationery, and classroom furniture, while students received school bag, filled with stationery supplies.
Support into the future
We also have installed flooring in some Temporary Learning Centres for children’s hygiene. The flooring can also impact children psychologically as well. While the tents provided are indeed temporary solutions while classrooms are being rebuilt, flooring gives the impression of a more structured learning environment, helping students forget about the trauma of the cyclone and focus on their studies.
We have also committed to begin construction of 5 Early Childhood Education Centres, using strong materials to withstand the effects of future disasters.