SAWA - Learning through Play

Community-driven innovations in early learning in Tanzania: Opportunities, lessons, and thoughts for the future


Photo: Children learn through play at an ECD center started by Safina Women’s Association near Morogoro, Tanzania Firelight has long believed that community organizations are incredibly well placed to understand the needs of their community and what interventions will work best. That is why, in 2011, Firelight Foundation was thrilled to be chosen as the recipient of $1,225,000 from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Early Learning Innovation Fund to support community-based innovative approaches that improve early learning in Tanzania. As a result [...]


Firelight partners present on child protection work at REPSSI conference


Firelight’s Resilience Initiative provides funding and capacity building support to grassroots organizations in Tanzania working to ensure children realize the fulfillment of their rights and their potential within a safe, caring, and protective environment. This past August, the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) organized an international forum in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe that brought together participants from 23 different countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and America to discuss and share their experiences of working to lessen the social and emotional impacts of [...]

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Reflections on recent Early Childhood learning exchange visit


Firelight is working with 18 grassroots organizations in Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia to strengthen their programs in early childhood development (ECD) and their organizational management. Once a year, our ECD Lead Partners come together for a learning exchange visit. This past July, Namwera AIDS Coordinating Committee (NACC) hosted organizations from Tanzania and Zambia for a week-long visit in Malawi. This blog includes a brief update on the outcomes of this fruitful learning visit. Read our Initiative Overview for more [...]




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