More and more African governments are beginning to recognise the importance of a solid Early Years foundation for learning. At Ubuntu, our experience tells us that the number 1 factor that will make early learning a success, is properly trained and skilled teachers and practitioners.

We believe that this training needs to grow from within, be culturally relevant, and the teaching needs to reflect the lives of our youngest learners, so that they receive a contextually relevant, suitably decolonised start to their academic careers.

Current Programmes

CultureCraft

Preparing young children effectively for school has become a priority for many African governments. However a common sight is young children receiving outdated and ineffective instruction whilst seated at desks.

CultureCraft seeks to shift the paradigm by involving communities in the development of pedagogically rich learning resources, that are based on culturally familiar songs, stories and games.

This ambitious programme has academic endorsement from Malawian, South African and Botswanan universities, and has piqued the interest of the Malawi government, with all parties fully backing the decolonised approach to the development of Malawi's youngest learners.

Currently seeking to raise £55,000 to develop the resources and curriculum in advance of piloting the programme in 50 schools

Previous Programmes

LEC Conference (Oct 2023)

Following the success of the first LEC conference, held in Blantyre in February 2023, the Ubuntu team was invited to conduct a similar conference in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi. The focus of this conference evolved from the previous event, and turned towards leadership issues within the Early Childhood space. Together, we explored the depth and breadth of issues surrounding 'Culturally Responsive Leadership in Early Childhood Education'.

Our distinguished keynote speakers, Prof Seth Oppong and Khumbo Kachali Chirwa, shared theory, methods, practical approaches and resources aimed at 'Nurturing inclusive and culturally rich pedagogy'.

Attendees once again were able to view an exhibition of good practice looking at how to build locally resourced toys and games into the curriculum, which was shared by the team from Childcare Training College, Malawi.

Our panellists drew together themes of the day, elaborating on the importance of incorporating African Values into ECE, providing adequate suppport for caregivers, and establishing strong teacher-child interactions, bearing cultural sensitivity in mind.

LEC Conference (Feb 2023)

The focus of this conference was 'Uncovering Excellence in Early Childhood Development,' and was an in-person event for educators, preschool owners, school leaders and academics. Our keynote speakers raised the profile of current issues in the Early Childhood space in Malawi, including the lack of resources to support workforce development, lack of training available, and shared examples of the excellent practice of dedication of professionals working in this field.

Naine Mkandawire, ECD Lecturer at UNICAF, Lilongwe, highlighted the need for a developmentally appropriate ECE curriculum, and how caregivers can build positive relationships as part of effective teaching practices. Marie da Silva, Founder of Jacaranda School for Orphans, shared highlights, challenges and developments from her work creating a holistic, culturally rich educational environment within her school.

Attendees visited our resources exhibition, networked and collaborated, and spent time exploring good practice and sharing insights in the many workshops on offer.

Preschool Leadership Development

The journey with Jacaranda Preschool has been an impactful process. The Ubuntu Team have been privileged to share indepth conversation, coaching and workshops with the Preschool Leadership team, parents and school community, not forgetting learning in observation with the children attending the school.

Together, we have worked on key learning areas and evolved practice around resourcing support, practical learning and designing environmental developments.

We have supported leadership development within the team and have built an approach to good practice unique to the team and environment.