Macmillan Teacher Campus (MTC) is proud to announce that the first group of 26 early childhood development practitioners who enrolled for the Occupational Certificate: Early Childhood Development NQF Level 4 were all found to be competent.

This programme is a credit-bearing National Qualification on the National Qualifications Framework and accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations.

MTC’s journey with these 26 ECD practitioners started when they were selected by the Royal Bafokeng Nation from schools in their villages to enroll for the programme. The Royal Bafokeng Nation (RBN) is a traditionally governed community of 150 000 people living in 29 villages and owning 1200 km2 of land in the North West Province of South Africa, below which lies part of the world’s largest platinum reserves.

This one-year programme officially commenced in March 2020 but due to Covid and the lockdown it was put on hold for a few weeks. There is however absolutely nothing (not even Covid) that will stop the MTC team from doing what they do best – training educators. Macmillan provided each practitioner with a laptop and the programme then continued online. Where connectivity was a problem in rural areas, the practitioners attended the online training at a venue at the Royal Bafokeng Institute.

The graduation ceremony will take place once the level 4 lockdown restrictions have been lifted.

The feedback received from Mrs Vicky Mokgatle, Manager: ECD and Foundation Phase at the Royal Bafokeng Institute summarised the success of this project: 

“This is such positive news in the midst of a very difficult situation in the country. Your team has really excelled in this project and I really want to applaud you. Once again, our sincere appreciation for the professional manner in which your team managed the project thus far despite all the challenges.”