The ge­n­e­sis of Morn­ing Star Pre-school

2018 grad­u­a­tion day

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“ON 14 March 2014 I had a dream. While I was sleep­ing a voice in a dream in­structed me to start a pre-school. Af­ter some time I had to heed the call,” says Mrs Sithokozile Zulu, the di­rec­tor of Morn­ing Star Pre-school which is si­t­u­ated at Em­gan­wini, Bu­l­awayo.

She then shared her dream with her sis­ter-in- law Ntombenhle Moyo. Moyo told her that it was an in­struc­tion from God and she must heed God’s call and start a pre-school. While she was serv­ing as a hu­man re­sources of­fi­cer at Grain Mar­ket­ing Board (GMB) in 2015, a dark cloud hung over her, lead­ing to the ter­mi­na­tion of her con­tract. But she did not lose hope.

“Be­ing a goal get­ter, I told my­self that I have to ded­i­cate most of my time to the es­tab­lish­ment of my pre-school. I got a loan from a lo­cal bank to buy sta­tionery and fur­ni­ture,” she said.

She se­cured a place to rent at Em­gan­wini sub­urb and her pre-school opened its doors in 2016.

How many kids did she start with? “I started with four chil­dren and two teach­ers. On the sec­ond day the num­ber rose to 21. By end of the week we had reg­is­tered 30 chil­dren. At the end of the year we had 37 chil­dren in our books,” she said.

Mrs Zulu said the pre-school now has 51 learn­ers. She ex­pressed grat­i­tude to the com­mu­nity of Em­gan­wini and Nketa for their un­wa­ver­ing sup­port.

“I would like to thank the com­mu­nity of Em­gan­wini and Nketa for their sup­port. This pre-school is grow­ing at a fast pace be­cause of their kind sup­port,” she said.

What are the aims of Morn­ing Star?

It aims to mould chil­dren to be bet­ter peo­ple who will con­trib­ute pos­i­tively to their fam­i­lies, com­mu­ni­ties and the coun­try at large.

The teach­ers at Morn­ing Star work hand-in-hand with par­ents as this helps in build­ing a mu­tual re­la­tion­ship be­tween the child and the teacher. Man­age­ment of Morn­ing Star

The school is man­aged by Mrs Zulu. She has more than 15 years in Hu­man Re­sources man­age­ment. She is an ECD grad­u­ate through Unicef. She also has a Diploma in HIV/ Aids man­age­ment and coun­selling. She is a holder of an Ad­vanced Diploma in The­ol­ogy. She has served in sev­eral com­mu­ni­ty­based care pro­grammes un­der the ban­ner of the Brethren- in-Christ Church (BICC).

Cur­ricu­lum

Morn­ing Star is im­ple­ment­ing the cur­ricu­lum set by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion which is bi­ased to­wards de­vel­op­ing a child. These as­pects in­clude:

Phys­i­cal Devel­op­ment — Fine Mo­tor Skills and Gross Moto Skills Cog­ni­tive Devel­op­ment — Mind think­ing process

So­cial Devel­op­ment — Chil­dren learn about them­selves, their re­la­tion­ships to ob­jects and places in their world.

Mo­ral Devel­op­ment — The ac­cepted val­ues and norms about what is viewed as right and wrong by the com­mu­nity in which the child lives

Emo­tional Devel­op­ment — Devel­op­ment of the child’s emo­tions, feel­ings and sense of se­cu­rity about him­self/ her­self. Feel­ings and sense of se­cu­rity and self-con­fi­dence.

Mrs Zulu has since ac­quired land to build a learn­ing fa­cil­ity and move away from rented premises. Like any other or­gan­i­sa­tion, Morn­ing Star’s wish is to be a fully-fledged in­fant school by May 2019.

The school has since ac­quired a piece of land from the City Coun­cil where it has the in­ten­tion of build­ing an ECD school.

Mrs Zulu said she was ap­peal­ing for fund­ing and sup­port to build an ECD school. For those who wish to as­sist they can con­tact Mrs Zulu on 0775665517 or visit her at the school premises near Em­gan­wini Flea Mlar­ket.

The learn­ing in­sti­tu­tion of­fers a wide range of ser­vices, chief among them be­ing com­puter skills, mu­si­cal skills and swim­ming, which other com­peti­tors do not of­fer. The preschool has af­ford­able fees but at the same time not com­pro­mis­ing on qual­ity of ser­vices of­fered. The school pro­vides pay­ment plans to re­li­able par­ents and also as­sists par­ents who are not able to take their chil­dren to the pre-school.

The school is reg­is­tered with the Min­istry of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion.

Morn­ing Star Nurs­ery and Preschool con­tacts: 0775665517/ 0713263623/ 0777932962/ 0782199535

Email: [email protected] IT was a colour­ful grad­u­a­tion event that was marked with pomp and fan­fare. It was the third grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony to be hosted since Morn­ing Star Pre-school was es­tab­lished.

The learn­ers sung the na­tional an­them af­ter which Rev­erend Phi­lani Ny­athi of Brethren- In-Christ Church (BICC) Nketa branch gave a short ser­mon. As part of the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony learn­ers dis­played what they learnt dur­ing the year. The learn­ers showed a high level of un­der­stand­ing of what they learnt as their dis­plays were top-notch.

The di­rec­tor of the pre-school, Mrs Sithokozile Zulu, paid tribute to par­ents and teach­ers.

“I would like to thank par­ents and the com­mu­nity of Bu­l­awayo for their sup­port and do­na­tions they of­fered to­wards this event. Let me has­ten to thank the ded­i­cated team of teach­ers who have shown a high level of com­pe­tency in car­ry­ing out their du­ties,” she said.

A par­ent, Mr Tha­bani Mlotshwa, thanked the teach­ers for their ded­i­ca­tion.

“The teach­ers at the school give their all as they carry out their teach­ing ser­vice with a dis­tinc­tion. I trans­ferred my child to this school be­cause she had chal­lenges but af­ter some time she im­proved and now she got a prize for be­ing the best stu­dent in her class,” said Mlotshwa.

It was a mar­vel to watch learn­ers play­ing marimba with aplomb which left many par­ents in awe.

“It was an awe­some sight to watch the pupils play­ing marimba skil­fully and I be­lieve that skill would take them far as some could eke out a liv­ing from it,” said Mrs Sicelo Moyo.

Mrs Sithokozile Zulu

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