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about Model Childcare Centers

6-minute film about Malawian early education and boNGO preschools


boNGO’s early childhood program aims at a comprehensive approach towards uplifting the standards of pre-school education, most especially in the rural areas. To do so boNGO works with two communities in developing Model Childcare Centers (Model Childcare Center Umodzi-Mbame and Model Childcare Center Mango) that offer a very high standard of care and serve as an inspiration and training facility for teachers from other centers.



boNGO’s Model Childcare Centers have:

  • a child-friendly school building
  • a stimulating playground
  • a dedicated school committee
  • trained, interested and regularly paid teachers
  • a child : teacher ratio of 10:1
  • parents involved in the center's operation and maintenance
  • a selection of basic teaching materials (photo-gallery)
  • a daily nutritious meal
  • a school garden to grow food + fruit trees
  • inspiration and training opportunities for other childcare centers (photo-gallery on Facebook)
  • the potential to serve as a community center and  provide a base for other activities such as library, youth clubs, adult education, agriculture and health workshops…
  • average monthly running expenses $ 600-700




The Model Centers are managed by an Executive Committee consisting of nine to twelve local volunteers who have received training to manage the school. An important role is also played by the parents of children that come every day to cook and clean, and pay a monthly contribution ($ 0.2) towards the operational costs. The monthly budget of each center is around $ 600-700, including teachers’ allowances, children’s food, firewood etc.



Teachers and Training

Each Center employs eight to twelve teachers who come from the surrounding villages. Continuous professional development is essential. Since the beginning the teachers have been intensely trained and monitored by the boNGO Team and other institutions such as the Malawi Montessori ProjectMini Me Montessori School, and the Association of Early Child Development in Malawi. By now the most senior teachers are qualified to train and support teachers from other centers.


The Model Centers serve as a place for inspiration for other childcare centers. They often get visited by other organizations and schools that want to learn how quality education in a rural setting can be achieved.



Teaching methods

The Model Centers’ philosophy is to provide care and education that allow children to explore and develop their intellectual, emotional, physical and social potential. This is achieved through a rich timetable, child-centered teaching methods and learning through play.




Each morning the children spend time working in the Montessori environment where they learn practical life skills; use their senses to develop an understanding of size, colour and shape; learn about the environment and world they live in; and build up the foundations of mathematics and language. The Montessori environment provides a range of teaching materials that are introduced to the children and allow them to work and practice independently, while the teacher has the role of a supporter. Self-initiative and individual independent learning are fundamental. Get a little insight into a Montessori session (Film) at Umodzi Childcare Center.

Also, each day the children have class activities such as topic time, music, story time, physical education and play time.



Nine years of experience are showing that children graduating from the Model Childcare Centers are doing extremely well at the primary schools; they are familiar with a school setting and have established good foundations for further intellectual development.