In the IPC International Preschools’ latest Spotlight, we shift our gaze to Algeria, or more precisely to its capital city of Algiers.
Here we will find Willow Early Education, which, despite the restraints of the pandemic, has grown to become a successful and expanding institution since joining the IPC in 2019, the year in which it was also founded.
Over the past three years, Willow Early Education has grown to currently boast 100 students, hailing from no fewer than ten different countries and who are taught by 30 teachers and educators.
As is the case with most countries, Algeria has eased off on some of its Covid restrictions, but Willow Early Education continues to apply several precautionary measures, such as the wearing of face-masks, social distancing, temperature screenings and regular sanitizing of hands and surfaces.
The school, like so many other IPC schools located in 55 countries across the globe, faced severe challenges during the successive lockdowns during the pandemic.
Speaking to IPC International Preschools, Willow Early Education Head, Mrs. Soumia Hamadi, said some of their biggest obstacles have been to ensure online courses. While this poses a challenge in itself, the intermittent access to the Internet further hampered the efforts of educators to provide students with lessons at the height of the pandemic.
On a more positive note, Mrs Hamadi says their “structure and high building standards, along with exceptional safety and hygiene, transparency of operations and the quality of teaching” has meant Willow Early Education has become an institution of choice for parents looking for the best teaching facility in Algiers.
To illustrate this, glowing reviews from parents are a constant, as Amira Hamdis can testify: “Congratulations, you are the best school, keep up the good work and good luck for the days to come. My daughter is very, very happy to be with you.”
This sentiment is further supported by another parent, Lila Alioua, who adds: “Thank you Willow? My princesses are thrilled to go to school everyday!”
A final glowing testimonial comes from Meriem Hani, who is clearly very impressed with standard of education provided by this particular IPC preschool: “We are very lucky to have such a great nursery in Algeria. My baby boy was in one of the best schools in London before he joined Willows, and I can tell you that you’re his favorite. Well done for doing such a good job – and thank you for taking such good care of Layth.”
As for IPC International Preschools and the value it has brought to Willow Early Education, Mrs Soumia Hamadi explains that is a good programme with complete features.
“There are good teaching handouts and instructions to clarify the themes and explaining teaching approaches. It covers all aspects of children’s environments and opens their minds to discover what lies beyond their own space.”
Mrs Hamadi adds they are also looking to make more use of the IPC Manager, which is in the process of being streamlined and upgraded, which she concludes has “very practical options that can make administrative tasks easier”.