Matjana Community Preschool

Kaphunga Swaziland

Matjana is a not-for-profit, community preschool in rural Swaziland

Matjana becomes a Registered Primary School and Non Profit Organisation

Written by Michelle Brear

On June 18th the Swazi Ministry of Education approved Matjana Preschool’s application to become a MoE registered community preschool. The school is now teaching in accordance with the MoE’s syllabus and officially operating as a non-profit organisation.

Registering the preschool was a very important step in the school’s progress. Registration obviously makes the school legitimate and official but there are also practical benefits.

“The kids will benefit from learning from a syllabus developed specifically for preschool aged Swazi kids. The MoE syllabus is also making life easier for the teachers as it provides lesson plans and activity sheets,” Ncobile Mbonane, one of Matjana Preschool’s teachers told us. “There are also some kids in the community who are eligible to apply for government funding for preschool fees and a uniform.

"However the government only provides such grants for kids attending MoE registered preschools.” Since registering with the MoE, MPS has also adopted a constitution. It clearly states the non-profit nature of the school, but also provides a framework for parent and community involvement in its day to day running.

A management committee of parents and teachers has been elected, which means the parents have the right to make decisions about the school. The constitution also encourages volunteer involvement in the school and as a result parents have already offered to help with relief teaching, collecting the schools water supply and helping maintain the buildings.

A Picture of the Swaziland Flag


Matjana 2009

New Swings for Matjana

2009 Begins

2009 School Committee

Matjana 2008

Improving MPS in 2008

Parents get involved in MPS Committee

Comparing 2007 and 2008

Dancing at MPS

Training Swaziland Teachers

Ministry of Education Inspection

Matjana Excursion 2008

Graduation Party 2008

Matjana 2007

The First Month

Why Kaphunga needs a preschool

Inaugural Fundraising Day

Matjana becomes Registered

Michelle gets Siswati lessons

Enrolment for 2008

Plans for A new Classroom

Chris and Corina visit Matjana

Fun Filled End to first Year

The Graduation