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Only 21.6% of children in eSwatini access some form of pre-school education prior to entering the formal pre-school system (EU, 2009). Commmunity-based ECDE centers, including Neighbourhood Care Points (NCPs) and community pre-schools have begun to meet the urgent need of children for education, care and support.
There's a lack of training and skills among ECDE teachers to adequately lead classes and inability of the teachers to be accepted into national training programs to insufficient education background.

Most of those teachers went as far as High school and some are High school drop-outs and thus they aren't able to enrol for formal teaching program. Also there's a lack of parents understanding the role of ECDE on a child's learning and development.


To continuously improve early childhood development service delivery with different stakeholders through coordinated partnerships.


To build a country that prioritises comprehensive and inclusive Early Childhood Development.


Integrity, Accountability, Inclusion, Excellence and Respect

Current Projects


"Early childhood education begins early, even before birth."

Recent Events

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SNECD Board Memebers

Dr Irma Allen

Founding member/Vice Chairperson

Dr Allen, is an international consultant, and develops policies and educational materials, including ECD. She has served as Chair of the Swaziland Environment Authority and SOS Children’s Villages, Swaziland. She is also Steering Committee member of the Nature Action Collaborative for Children of the World Forum for Early Care & Education.

Mr Colani Magongo


He is also a board mentee of the World Forum on Early Care. Mr Magongo holds a degree in Management from the University of Swaziland. He provides leadership functions to the Network, facilitating meetings and representing SNECD in various forums. Magongo is also working wity the Church Forum on HIV and AIDS.

Dr Qhing Qhing Dlamini is a medical doctor and public health specialist with over 35 years of experience in maternal & child health/public health. She holds a Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB) degree from the University of Natal in South Africa and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of California, Berkeley, USA. She works as a Health Development Consultant in the African Region and beyond. Dr Dlamini has worked in several senior management positions in the Ministry of Health, Swaziland, where she retired as Director of Health Services, and over the years with several international agencies and development partners. She has also worked for the World Health Organization as MCH/FP Adviser based in Zimbabwe and for the Commonwealth Secretariat, London as Special Adviser and Head of the Health Department. Dr Dlamini serves in several Boards including the Family Life Association of Swaziland (FLAS), and the Swaziland Network for Early Childhood Development (SNECD).

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