The Pharo Foundation (hereafter”the Foundation”) is a privately funded entrepreneurial organisation that runs philanthropic programmes as well as for-profit social enterprises. The Vision of The Foundation is an economically vibrant and inclusive Africa. The Mission is to achieve our vision by investing in Africa’s human and physical capital with a strong focus on job creation.
Established in 2011, The Foundation has already carried out more than 30 projects primarily in Ethiopia, and Somaliland. The key themes for the philanthropic side of the Foundationare Education, Health, Water and Agriculture. One such example is a girls’ boarding school in Western Ethiopia, which will provide secondary education for 240 pupils and fully funded by the Foundation.
In 2019, and in-line with its growth strategy, The Pharo Foundation took over the Kindergarten in Hargeisa to ensure that families have access to quality ECE in Hargeisa. The Kindergarten was opened in 2008 to address the educational needs of children aged 3 – 5 years and it was originally established to serve vulnerable children from the surrounding community.
The Pharo Kindergarten is located in Gannad area – Koodbuur District and consists of three(3) classrooms for three different learning levels, KG1, KG2 and KG3. The Kindergarten has other facilities including indoor and outdoor activity grounds, in-class libraries, and offices. The centre hosts more than 105 students.
The Pharo Kindergarten puts equal emphasis on all child development aspects including cognitive, physical, social, emotional and spiritual development. To ensure that holistic development is reached, the Kindergarten offers the following learning activities: Language, Mathematics, Religious, Physical, Creative, Science and Social studies.
Headquartered in London,the Foundationalso has an operational HQ in Nairobi and offices in Addis Ababa, Assosa andHargeisa.
Position: Kindergarten Educator
Reporting to:Head Teacher
This is an exciting opportunity to play a meaningful role in the growth of The Pharo Kindergarten and the pursuit of its goals.
The Kindergarten Educator is responsible for promoting the all-round development of theyoung children assigned to his/hergroup and thereby preparing them for a more formal school environment. By providing each child with a variety of creative, play-oriented learning experiences, the Kindergarten Educator stimulates a natural desire to learn and grow. Special attention is given to identify children who may lack strong educational support in their home environment.
Duties and Responsibilities:
1) Leads all classroom activities
- Plans and prepares a daily structured programme using a monthly theme as a planning and teaching method.
- Guides and supervises children through the daily programme, facilitating a variety of stimulating activities including free-play, structured-play, creative work, outdoor play etc.
- Instructs the children in personal cleanliness and hygiene, and teaches them how to brush their teeth, wash their hands etc.
- Maintains a positive degree of discipline inside and outside the classroom in order to create a safe, secure and appropriate environment for learning. Supervises the children at all times to ensure that accidents are avoided.
2) Create a stimulating learning environment
- Promotes a warm, supportive, non-threatening ethos in which the children find learning enjoyable and stimulating, and in which respect and cooperation are emphasized
- Uses creative teaching methods to nurture the children’s interest in learning, e.g. use drama, puppets, storytelling, singing or art to enhance the learning experience.
- Creates a lively, stimulating atmosphere in the classroom, e.g. by decorating the walls with children’s arts and crafts or by establishing a ‘nature corner’.
- Maintains the classroom in a neat and tidy condition in order to create an environment conducive to learning.
- Encourages the children to develop respect for all living things by conducting nature walks and gardening sessions.
- Promotes the use of natural materials (sand, water, wool etc.) for discovery-based learning and to develop creativity.
- Promotes a creative environment in which children are encouraged to make use of limited resources such as ‘junk materials’ (plastic bottles, toilet rolls etc.) for craft activities.
3) Educational development
- Closely observes each child to monitor individual progress. Evaluates each child’s strengths and weaknesses, and plans play sessions accordingly.
- Maintains a personal ‘portfolio’ (scrap-book of achievements) for each child, which traces the child’s development through the Kindergarten stages.
- Prepares an annual progress report for each child, assessing the child’s intellectual, social, emotional and physical development.
- Takes a particular interest in children, providing them with extra support and striving to understand their educational and emotional needs and difficulties. Organizes special activities and holiday programmes for the Kindergarten children.
4)Facilitate Parent-Teacher activities
- Actively participates in all Kindergarten Parent-Teacher meetings and activities such as sports days, cultural activities and plays.
- Maintains close contact with parents, discussing the children’s overall progress and general development.
- Participates in all Parent-Teacher meetings.
- Performs administrative or other extra duties as required by the Principalsuch as store keeping, producing/editing the Kindergarten magazine or organizing special events.
- Maintains all furniture and equipment within the classroomin good order and ensures a sufficient supply of stationary and materials are available.
- Behaves in an exemplary manner and at all times acts as a role model within and outside The Pharo Kindergarten.
- Have a caring and nurturing attitude towards young learners.
- Passionate individual driven to succeed and make a difference in a highly impactful organisation
- Be fluent in English with the ability to read aloud to young learners and demonstrate activities, as well as encourage class participation.
- The ideal candidate should possess a Diploma/Degree in Early Childhood Education.
- S/He must possess a minimum of at least six (6) years professional experience in Early Childhood Education.
- Good experience of working with Early Childhood computer software.
- Prior experience working with International /Private schools Early Childhood curriculum(s) will be an added advantage.
Timescales: deadline for application
Interested candidates, who meet the above requirements, should submit their application through email to SLoffice@pharofoundation.orgwith subject line “Application for “Kindergarten Educator” by Monday 20th April 2020