The Summerhill Foundation provides funding and supports a number of established charity partners and community organisations to improve access to quality early years education both in Northern Ireland and in developing countries.
OECD* data demonstrates the positive impact of early years education and the significant improvement of outcomes for children and families in deprived areas and impoverished regions.
*Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
Funding in action
Early Years support in Northern Ireland
Working alongside the charity partner the Goliath Trust we have funded several early years programmes in Northern Ireland.
These projects have been wide and varied and include the following: Sensory room installations, Family liaison officers, Attendance programmes, Happiness Art and Poetry competitions which focused on the theme of happiness.
This was achieved by working closely with, 23 schools, positively impacting children, families and educators.
As a direct result of this support, schools reported increased school attendance and improved mental health within the classroom.
During the pandemic, over 6,600 pupils took part in out Art and Poetry competition with the them of happiness. The children were asked to describe or draw what made them ‘Happy’ The overwhelming majority described their family/drew their own family. This outcome further inspired the Summerhill Foundation to support parents at home with a range of programmes.
Quote from the ‘Happiness is… competition’
“It helped the children to see beyond the pandemic. There was hope and the enthusiasm it created… well you could see it had been a long time since any of them had a reason to be enthusiastic. It was wonderful!”— Eleanor Lees, Teacher, St Claire’s Primary School
Early Years Internationally
For a third year we continue to support our charity partner Children in Crossfire. Currently we are helping create nursery-style Early Learning Centres in urban communities in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where there are 1 million children under the age of 5 years.
Over the space of three years, this programme will create 75 Early Learning Centres by transforming classroom environments and investing in the education of teachers.
As a result of this support, more than 11,000 children from low income families will have the opportunity to receive an early years education and the good start in life that every child deserves.
“I am very grateful to the Summerhill Foundation for so strongly supporting Children in Crossfire to address this deep need. Together we will make an impact that will last for many years to come, changing the lives of tens thousands of vulnerable children through education.”— Richard Moore, CEO of Children in Crossfire