EduGate works closely with the Swaziland Department of Education to assist them with training up rural pre-school teachers to become even better at what they do. They focus particularly on teachers who are qualified by experience and passion to serve rather than formal education. During the week’s training our EduGate trainers teach them new techniques for training children using play, songs and activities. They show them how to use everyday items, that would otherwise be discarded, as teaching tools. There is of course the additional bonus of 30 ladies coming together to share experiences, laughter, tears and prayer over the week as they connect with each other in the evenings.
The students had this to say about their time of training:
“Never had such an opportunity.”
“I am amazed.”
“It has been wonderful.”
“I have learnt a lot.”
“It has been a week full of activities & very active learning to show us how to teach children.”
“A teacher once hit me on the ear in maths when I was very young, it meant I always hated maths. But with the techniques you have taught me I have rediscovered a love for maths and now I can teach it to children in a new and fun way.”
“The trainers were so humble, so warm, so loving and so caring.”
Pastor Kurt Platt, the CMS Administrator shared an encouragement with the teachers to guard their lives and their doctrine closely. So that they never become the blind leading the blind.
The ladies were so excited about receiving certificates of graduation at the end of their training that they danced their way to the front. Such incredible joy and childlike abandon – they are going back to their pre-schools inspired, equipped, encouraged and full of joy!