Japanese foundation offers free Kindergarten

BASISTA– Starting September, children from poor families can attend free Kindergarten schooling supported by free school supplies and learn not only about basic farming but learn two langauages- English and Nihonggo.

The Japan-based Bridge of Dream Charity Foundation will initially start classes in a nipa hut and soon inside a two-storey building which is located in an almost one hectare lot in Don Victor Road, Barangay Cabeldatan here that had its groundbreaking ceremony on June 22.

Saki Hagimine of the foundation founded by Yoshinobu Hagimine, said the children will also be provided free food.

Hagimine, who will act as school principal, said the project was named Bridge of Dream because it aims to provide the link to children to realize their dream to be educated via Kindergarten.

She said six teachers will be on-hand to teach the children and the children will  have the chance to learn basic Japanese language and songs in addition to learning how to plant Filipino vegetables that will be added to the feeding program so they can appreciate the value of the food they’re eating.

“They will plant their own vegetables, harvest them so they can have better outlook about eating vegetables and ensure good health,” she added. “At an early age, kids must be taught how to plant their own food,”  she added.

Baby Nishikawa, the school administrator, said their teachers will have an accreditation from the Department of Education in order to teach Kindergarten pupils.

Initially, 20 kids will be accepted and their status will be evaluated to qualify.

The founder also has a school in Japan, she said, an exchange program is envisioned for the pupils Nishikawa said.

A similar project, Care for the Future Foundation, was also put up in Sual town.

She said Good Samaritans from Japan help them finance the project. (PhilStar Wire Service)

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