Education: Child programme brings hope

2011-11-01 00:00

A SPECIAL early childhood educational programme is credited with bringing hope and inspiration to the rural community of Eshane near Greytown.

World Vision-Eshane psychomotor education project teachers graduated in a ceremony on Thursday that celebrated not only the successful completion of a 60-hour course of teacher training, but the successful introduction of a five-year psychomotor programme in three crèches in the Eshane community.

Psychomotor is an educational programme conceived in Europe and introduced to South African pre-primary schools in 1996 by Michele Kocheleff and Rossella Meusel, both of Pietermaritzburg.

The psychomotor programme links physical activities of young children at play to intellectual and psychological development and helps to instil values such as non-violence, self-discipline and open communication.

The graduation ceremony was attended by district inspector Hlanganani G. Khumalo and representatives of the departments of Education, Health and Social Development, all of whom had an opportunity to observe a psychomotor lesson.

Speaking at the ceremony, Kocheleff congratulated the new teachers for their courage in embracing the new educational concepts.

She emphasised the ability of the programme to lower levels of aggression and violence in the childrens’ relationships and raise self-esteem, independence and creativity.

World Vision manager for KZN Sayinile Mzolo said the new programme has brought the Eshane community, afflicted by poverty and high levels of violence, a step closer towards empowerment.

Mzolo said World Vision aims to expand the reach of the programme at Early Child Development level and to promote mediation skills at primary schools.

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