Let Them Shine
Children's Centre - Update February 2023
We are delighted to report that the Children’s Centre is running very well. We now have 41 registered children, compared to 31 in September, with around fifteen living at the Centre full time. This number can increase as sometimes parents and guardians forget to pick up their little ones!
During a visit in February several much needed improvements were organised, including new fluorescent lighting in both classrooms and the replacement of the much-loved TV, the previous one having packed up. It didn’t take long for the children to settle down to watch their favorite DVD’s. We have ordered new bunk beds and bedding.
Following the successful Christmas lunch appeal the excess money raised was used to buy teaching aids and equipment for the new term.
Ester, our deputy manager, is working hard to adopt the Montessori principles of early years education - hands on learning and collaborative play. One of our classrooms is divided into four with different activities in each quarter. Children are free to explore the different subjects.
Brighton and Hove Albion very kindly donated a significant amount of new football kit in a vast range of sizes. It was an absolute pleasure to distribute the kit throughout to the Children’s Centre, six primary schools and three secondary schools. More on this story to follow.
We were given lots of soft toys which were a big hit with girls and boys. Children have absolutely no toys at home.
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Annual Report from the Board of Governors - January 2022
The Lukani Children's Centre currently has 38 children registered, mixed boys and girls. Of these 12 children will start at various local primary schools next January. We have 31 sponsored children but care for many more. 13 children at primary school took the fourth grade national exam at the end of October. Two children, Stella and Medina, will start secondary school next year.
Poultry Project - The project is progressing well and the Centre is benefitting from the eggs with the children getting two per week. The children learn to look after the chickens, including how the by product fertiliser can be used in the vegetable garden.
Vegetable Garden - the gardens are very productive and supply vegetables three times a week for the Centre. Again the children play an active role in tending to the plants.
Building Report - All facilities are in good condition and comply with regulations.
Teaching Resources - The Centre has a good supply of learning and teaching materials, including sports equipment such a swings, ropes, tennis and balls. Good quality footballs are hard to come by.
Minibus - the vehicle is in good condition with new tyres and no other defects.
The Board of Governors recognise the importance of the trustees, sponsors and supporters of Let Them Shine and the incredible contribution they make. Without them the Centre would not be able to operate as it does and many children would go unsupported. We are very grateful and wish you all the best.
The video shows the children actively involved in the Poultry Project