Early Childhood Development
Early Childhood Development (ECD) plays an important role in the life and development of an individual. In these critical stages there are more children in the Lobamba Lomdzala Inkhundla than could ever be covered by the reach of the Moya Centre and the Preschools at Ngodini and Mphofane. To address the needs of the young population, the Moya Centre created Kids Clubs in the Lobamba Lomdzala area. Formed in 2013, there are eleven Caregivers that run seven Kids Clubs in the community that each meet twice a week that teach life skills such as social behavior, environmental safety, health, emotional development, and road safety to children that cannot attend a Preschool for one reason or another. The Kids Clubs serve as:
- Hubs of connectivity for children in the area that may not have received ECD care without the help of the Moya Centre
- Meeting places for parents of young children to form a community centered on the social well-being of their children
- A means for the Caregivers to penetrate deeper into the community and discover where they are needed most
Established in 2005, the Moya Centre’s Preschool started with five critically vulnerable and disabled children being taught by Carol and Thembie with free tuition and a daily meal. In 2016 an unfinished and under-used building in Mphofane was scouted for its prime location for a second Preschool. The Moya Centre secured funds to finish the construction of the structure and provided a trained teacher to complete the new Preschool. An existing playschool in Ngodini was upgraded to a preschool just this year, which brought the total number of trained teachers the Moya Centre provides to five plus one assistant teacher for sixty-eight young children in the Lobamba Lomdzala region. Preschool prepares the attending children for Primary School through basic education and socialization. Story telling is a critical part of this Preschool education that teaches moral lessons through traditional mediums and themes. Such stories are also able to invoke strong emotions in the children listening which then can be used to discuss trauma and abuse that the child may be suffering in a confidential space.