Summary: The Happy Classrooms project seeks to improve learning environments in government primary schools by decorating them with child-friendly, syllabus-related paintings. --- The Happy Classrooms project emerged from the need to improve learning environments in government primary schools. When boNGO started its early childhood education program it soon became clear that children graduating from boNGO's Model Childcare Centers were introduced to a much lower standard of learning upon entering government primary schools. To reduce the difference boNGO partnered with the primary schools in which boNGO's pre-school graduates were enrolled, and decorated the Standard 1 and Standard 2 classrooms with child-friendly, syllabus-related pai...
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Description of Scale and Reach
The Happy Classrooms project started in June 2011 in Blantyre rural primary schools. As we saw its great impact started to move to the Blantyre City and then other regions of Malawi. In the beginning we painted only Std. 1 and 2 classrooms, these days we are painting up to Std. 4. The paintings are different in each Standard and carefully reflect the curriculum. They are always developed in cooperation with teachers and representatives of the Ministry of Education. The expansion depends on funding available.