Global Kindergarten As Seen From
The Eyes Of The World

"The world is a looking glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.

Frown at it and it will in turn look sourly upon you;

laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind companion."

Thackeray (1811-1863)

Global Kindergarten. Where in the world did it all begin?

The first Global Kindergarten in the world was founded by a man named Friedrich Frobel on June 28, 1840, in the German village of Bad Blackenburg.

What was the occasion?

The four hundredth anniversary of Gutenberg’s invention of movable type.

Interesting . . . Gutenberg’s movable type has been a benefit to all mankind, and Frobel’s Kindergarten has been a benefit to all of mankind’s children.

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Bertha Meyer Ronge opened the first ‘Infant Garden’ in London in 1851.

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Margarethe (Margaret) Meyer Schurz opened the first Global Kindergarten in the United States in Watertown, Wisconsin in 1856.

All were inspired by the principles and love of children as championed by Friedrich Frobel back in 1840.

It is now an honor and a testament to Mr. Frobel's vision that Global Kindergartens dot the globe, and children from every continent and clime are the happy beneficiaries of the same.

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Come and discover some of the more unique and interesting features of Global Kindergartens from various countries from around the world.

- In Afghanistan the word for Kindergarten means ‘Child Land’.

The first ‘Child Lands’ in Afghanistan were introduced under the Soviet occupation of that country in 1980 with a total of 27 urban preschools. By 1990 a total of 270 Child Lands existed.

Under the Taliban, by 1995 the number of ‘Child Lands’ had dropped to only 88.

Today there are some 260 “Child Lands’ operating in Afghanistan, serving some 25,000 children.

- In Australia, the word Kindergarten can mean anything from Kindy, to Primary School, to Preschool, to Preparatory, to Prep, to Pre-Primary, to Reception, to Transition, to of all things, back to Kindergarten again, depending on where in Australia you happen to live.

Talk about a boomerang of names Mate! They all come back to where they started from.

- In Canada, Kindergarten can be known as junior kindergarten and senior kindergarten, also known as the ‘Early Years’. It is also known as Grade Primary depending on where you live.

In French speaking Canada, junior kindergarten is called prématernelle and senior kindergarten is called either la maternelle or jardin d'enfants.

In Canada Kindergarten is not mandatory. Mandatory schooling begins in grade one.

- In China, children start Kindergarten at the tender age of two.

- In France, Kindergarten in known as école maternelle, or Nursery School. There are four levels of French Kindergarten; Grande section (GS), Moyenne section (MS), Petite section (PS), and Toute petite section (TPS).

Though French Kindergarten is not mandatory, almost 100% of French children between the ages of three to five do attend.

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- In Germany, the birthplace of Kindergarten, Kindergarten is neither mandatory nor free, as it is not part of the actual school system.

- In Israel, Kindergarten is known as ‘Gan’ and there are two types; one is a privately run commercial system and the other is a State funded system. Children as young as three months old may attend the commercially run Kindergartens, but attendance becomes mandatory for all children by the age of five.

- In Japan, Kindergartens are not mandatory as they are not part of the official education system.

- In Mexico, Kindergarten is known as ‘Kinder’, or ‘Preprimaria’. It consists of three years of preschool study for all children three to six years of age and is mandatory for all Mexican children.

A lady by the name of Rosaura Zapata (1876-1963) not only started the Mexican Kindergarten system, but is also credited with founding the entire national system of education in Mexico. In 1954 she was awarded her country's highest honor for her contribution to the education of the youth of Mexico.

- In Peru, Kindergarten is known as the ‘Nido’, or Nest.
Does this mean that Peruvian Kindergarteners can be said to be ‘Hangin with their Peeps’ all day?

- In the Russian Federation, Kindergarten is known as a ‘Children’s Park’ or a ‘Children’s Garden’. It is an Educational Institution open to children between the ages of three and seven years of age.

- In the United Kingdom, Kindergarten is known as ‘Nursery Schools’ or ‘Playgroups’. UK children attend these schools between the ages of three and five. Nursery forms part of the Foundation Stage of education in the United Kingdom.

- In the United States, children attend one year of Kindergarten, usually at the age of five or six. Kindergarten is known as the first year of formal education, though it is not considered a grade.

Whether it is known as ‘Kinder’ or ‘The Nest’, children the world over are getting their first glimpse of formal education in a place which goes by various names, but which were all founded on the principles laid out by a man named Friedrich Frobel, in a little German village, back in 1840.

From the children of the world: “Thank You Mr. Frobel”.

Enjoy Every Moment As They Fly By So Very Quickly.

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