The EduGate project aims to empower and equip individuals through excellent education, training them as preschool teachers, to change the foundation of all Swazi children.
EduGate’s heart is to empower those that live in the unreached, under privileged and rural areas of the country by providing the best knowledge, education, guided actions, teachings and skills to be the best preschool teacher they can be. The training runs for 1 year and includes practical placements in preschools around Swaziland.
The Training Centre is based on Hawane Farm, where students are trained to teach preschoolers through creative ways of learning through play, songs and games. One of the skills taught is to be able to identify resources and materials in their everyday surroundings that they can use to teach the children. The cost of teaching materials for preschool is high and so we teach our students to use the things around them. Stones are used for counting in math as well as things like sticks, matchboxes & bottles tops. Many students never learned how to be creative or to play as children, so it is a very important part of their education for them to learn to play so that they are able to teach it at preschool level.
The students are also given an understanding of the psychology and physiology of children so as to understand their behaviour and their needs. Included in this is training on how to teach children with special needs and disabilities, so that these children are included and given a chance at receiving an education as well.
We train our students that money does not have to get in the way of your passion to teach the children in your community. Discovering creative ways to educate young children teaches them not to settle and not to give up when they do not have the financial means to buy teaching materials.