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Childrens Programme/ Kindergarten
MS-TCDC offers our participants in all courses and seminars the possibility to bring their children during their stay at the centre.
Qualified staff take care of the children in our kindergarten. Located within the MS-TCDC campus it benefits from the general facilities available at the centre. Morover the programme has at its disposal well equipped playgrounds as well as modern facilities.
Prices to attend the kindergaten vary with the age and depends on whether the parents attend NGO courses, Swahili courses or conferences/seminars.
The programme runs Monday to Friday between 0745 hrs and 1230 hrs and again from 1345 hrs to 1600 hrs. Depending on corresponding training for parents, we may also operate during weekends. Service outside these hours are negotiable.
Children's programme objectives:
The centre is widely renowned for this unique children's programme. We give children an exciting time of playing and learning while their parents attend training programmes at he centre. The children's programme provides a creative atmosphere for children themselves to meet and develop.
The activities described below are for all children attending the kindergarten, no matter what country they are from. The children's programme takes into account the special need for expatriate children who are moving to a country and a culture substantially different from their own, since this requires adequate preparation. During more than two decades MS-TCDC has built up a unique experience in introducing expatriate children to life in an African society. For expatriate children, the children's programme aims specifically to:
- Introduce children to different elements of African culture
- Enable children to communicate with local people
- Create a friendly and open atmosphere with African children
Activities in the children's programme:
Daily activities vary according to needs of children attending the programme at any particular time and often include:
For children aged 7-16 years: We offer school-like activities including teaching Swahili and English languages where relevant, introduction of African cultural elements such as: roles of boys and girls in Africa, African handicrafts, African cooking, cultural grammar and dress codes, traditional dances, excursions; e.g. to local and internaional schools, markets etc. Daily feedback to parents is provided.
For children from 0 to 6 years: Course participants' children attend the kindergarten together with Tanzanian children whose parents work at MS-TCDC and by doing different joint activities they learn various cultural elements as part of their Africa orientation. The kindergarten is divided in two sub-sections; one catering to children from 0 to 2 years and the other focusing on children aged 3 to 6 years. Each child in the younger group gets their own nanny. For the older group the activities include: Free play and games, African traditional dances, Makonde wood carvind, play dough, English and Swahili languages through songs and games/plays; excursions to other kindergartens, zoos, markets, African families etc. Daily feedback to parents is provided.
The children's programme has professionally trained and very well experienced personnel who have worked with children of many different nationalities. They all speak at least three languages (Swahili, English and Danish) and have extensive cultural experience. We also have a group of experienced part-time nanies and use guest teachers for e.g. Makonde woodcarving, traditional dances, Tingatinga painting and African music.