Noncedo Thwala, is 22 years old and single. Her home is in Malkerns where she lives with her mother.
She finished Form 5 in 2012. After which she worked as a housekeeper. She was later offered a job working as a nanny, which she did for 2 1/2 years before applying to study with EduGate.
It was during her time of working as a nanny, that she realised how much she loves working with children and decided this is what she wanted to do with her life but didn’t know how that would work out.
In 2013 EduGate had a workshop for preschool teachers at Sundowners Backpackers where Noncedo’s mother works. It looked like so much fun and her mother thought it was something Noncedo would love. So she asked for information about the EduGate programme. In the meantime Noncedo was doing so well as a nanny and her mother realised that working with children was a real gift that her daughter had. So she encouraged her to apply to EduGate for a placement. Noncedo eventually applied at the end of 2016 for the 2017 intake and was happy to be accepted as a student.
Noncedo chose a career as a preschool teacher because she loves children, she loves playing games with them and seeing them have fun. She thoroughly enjoyed being a nanny but wanted to go further than just looking after children.
The most valuable thing Noncedo has learnt at EduGate is how to see children differently from how she did before. It is like a veil was removed and she now understands them better. She has also really been impacted in her spiritual life by living on the farm and being a part of Hawane CLC Chuch.
When she graduates at the end of 2017 she would like to go to work at a preschool in Malkerns. Her dream is to take the skills she has learnt and help an existing preschool build a better foundation. Her desire is to be a light of change and to help to show a different way to educate children through play and fun. Her long term vision is to gain more experience but within 10 years to have her own preschool close to where she lives with her mother. So she can help where she lives and bring light and transformation in that community through a good foundation of education. She would like her preschool to be in English with 3 classes from baby to Grade 0. It will be a place where children can learn at their own pace, that teachers would guide them but with no pressure on children to perform in a certain way or risk failing. She wants to give children a love for learning in a fun and safe environment, not a pressured stressful environment for them.
Noncedo believes it is important for children to play as it is the most effective way for them to learn. They reach their full potential by exploring and discovering for themselves how things work. Learning to problem-solve without pressure and on their own, is the most impactful learning process. She would like to help them to grow without reliance on others to always tell them what to do, to be able to think things through and work things out. To learn to ask for help when needed rather than have it forced on them.
Noncedo’s favourite part of the EduGate programme is the music and games that are part of learning how to think like a child so as to learn how to best lead activities with children. She loves it and finds it so much fun so knows the children will love it too. She has really enjoyed the practical days at local preschools and has learnt so much from the children. She loves waking up in the morning and going to class.
EduGate has really helped her in her life as the mentors are like parents. It doesn’t feel like she is far from home. The other students are like sisters. She can feel her character changing and she is learning humility. She has grown not just academically but also spiritually. The farm (where EduGate is based) is full of mothers who give leading, guiding and wisdom. This has helped her so much.
We are confident that Noncedo will become a wonderful teacher, mother and example to many young lives in the future – her enthusiasm and passion for teaching pre-schoolers is contagious!