THEY have travelled all the way from Laguna Beach in California in the US to tell pre-school teachers in Fiji that humility is the way forward for early childhood education.
Their passion to improve preschool education in Fiji has been bringing Ann and David Cooper to Fiji since 2007 to conduct free training for preschool teachers.
As part of their Fiji Kinde Project vision in setting up a Christ-centred kindergarten in rural areas, the couple has managed to establish 86 kindergartens nationwide.
Speaking at a training workshop at Qumusea Primary School in Macuata, Mrs Cooper said they were funded by friends and colleagues in the US.
"Our program is not a well-funded one but our passion for the work of teaching has been bringing us back every year as we realise the dire need for the training of better preschool teachers," she said.
"We even provide refresher courses for old kindergarten teachers who feel they need to be recapped with knowledge on preschool teaching.
"We are aware this week has been set aside for Early Childhood Education and we're appealing to teachers out there to learn to teach with humility."
Mrs Cooper said humility was the value they were instilling in their preschool teacher students.
"Children at the tender age of six or five are really fragile and need to be handled with great care.
"This ECE week our message to all teachers out there who are working voluntarily is to keep up the good work and that children in Fiji need them.
"Through our work with the Ministry of Education we have managed to establish some local recognition of our training certificates so that teachers get to be recognised through their effort and time in teaching our young ones."
Mrs Cooper said they were working on making their program a sustainable one in which students could share what they learnt with preschool teachers in their communities.
Sinai Kindergarten teacher Rajeli Daku said the training provided by the Coopers was a blessing.