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Opportunity despite challenges

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“After there’s been an event of violence, we notice that the children create guns out of sticks and pretend to shoot their peers.” —Viviane, a preschool teacher in Bangui

During our first day of Little Ripples training in Bangui, we learned a lot about the challenges preschool teachers face daily with their students. Children come to school hungry, dirty, tired, crying, and timid, and imitating the violence they’ve seen as a result of the conflict that’s been affecting their country since 2012. “Some children can spend the entire morning of school crying out of hunger,” said one teacher. Other children remain shy and quiet, and barely participate in any activities, despite the teacher’s efforts. All teachers experience absences throughout the week because, as they explained, children would rather go with their par