Sebenta National Institute is a non-profit making organization (public enterprise) that provides a variety of services to enable people to achieve personal goals through Adult Basic Literacy and Non-formal Education.
Sebenta believes that a majority of the rural and peri-urban population in Swaziland is underdeveloped, and disempowered in part because of illiteracy, yet there is no way rapid development may be attained with an illiterate population. She believes that the ability to communicate, read, write and speak with confidence is the key to the up-liftment of Swazis.
The Institution strives to deliver a professional Basic Literacy Programme through professionally trained personnel who are dedicated to the course, armed with necessary resources and a broad inclusive curriculum.
Sebenta National Institute is committed to providing adult education and training to all communities throughout the Kingdom of Swaziland to achieve a better quality of life. Its mission is to help the people of Swaziland to read, write and speak with greater competency so that they can:
Sebenta National Institute has a vision of “promoting the culture of life-long learning to the marginalized/disadvantaged members of the Swazi Nation” such that they become the drivers of their own development
In carrying out her mandate, Sebenta strives to fulfill the following objectives:
Providing leadership and direction to the operations of the Institute
Ensuring that the institute operates within the broad policy framework and guidelines.
(Monitoring & Evaluation - Statistics)
(Technical – Skills)
The Education and Training Department incorporates the core business of Sebenta, and is comprised of the Curriculum Development, Field Section and the Monitoring and Evaluation (Statistical) Sections.
The Curriculum section; plan and provide training and learning resources for the Basic literacy, Non Formal Primary Education (for out of school children), and Skills development programmes as per the demands of both the learners and environment. The section develops reviews and evaluates the training and learner materials from time to time, and is tasked to set up a comprehensive resource centers for the learners, facilitators and interested individuals.
The Field Operations Section; directs manages and supervises the training and learning activities at the field operational level. It is tasked with providing on the ground learning and training skills to the facilitators; effectively mobilizing the community and other collaborators into using the services offered by Sebenta, as well as to network with the stakeholders to facilitate the delivery of Sebenta’s mandate.
The Monitoring and Evaluation section; assesses the impact of the literacy, Life skills and non-formal education programmes and provides effective technical, financial, management and economic analysis and evaluation of projects and programmes of the institute.
In addition there is the Vocational Skills Section comprising of three skills development courses; i.e. 6 months Sewing and Fashion Designing course; a 12 months Carpentry course and the 24 months Block making and Building course which commenced in March this current year. Furthermore, the section runs practical projects that include; knitting, crocheting, fence making.
Sections supporting the core business of Education and Training include the following sections:
Printing works; which is used to print and publish Literacy, NUPE and Skills development materials and other office print works necessary for running the institution.
The Administration and Finance Sections; which are mandated for running the administrative and financial tasks of the Organization. These also monitor the financial, physical implementation of projects, as well as evaluate consultant’s proposals for studies and bid for project implementation for the institute and participate in contract negotiations.
Also attached to the Administration section is the Catering; which was originally established to offer housekeeping / accommodation functions for the Curriculum Department’s training sessions. The catering and accommodation facilities are also extended to the external market at a minimal charge.
PROGRAMMES / SERVICES PROVIDED:
In its endeavor to promote and advance literacy levels in Swaziland, Sebenta offers the following programmes.
1. Basic Literacy (SiSwati):
This course runs over nine months. It aims at providing literacy skills to adults and out-of-school youth in basic needs of reading, writing and arithmetic. It also aims to create awareness in social and economic development among learners and their communities.
2. Basic & Post Basic English and Numeracy Course:
This is a two-year course in which learners enroll after graduating from the Basic Literacy (SiSwati) course. Those already literate in SiSwati qualify for it at pre-
Evaluation stage where they are given tests. This course provides learners with skills in written and spoken English to allow adults the youth the chance of continuing with their education. This is especially so because in the formal sector the medium of instruction for almost all subjects is English.
3. Non-formal Upper Primary Education (NUPE):
The NUPE programme was introduced because Sebenta’s basic literacy and numeracy skills are equivalent to Grade 4 in the formal school system. Learners may wish to continue with their education but because of their age, find that it would be awkward. They may wish to improve their chances of getting employment, return to the formal school system, access training schemes that require a higher level of education or improve their quality of life.
NUPE Objectives Are:
Non-Formal Primary Education.
The Non-Formal Primary education programme was rolled out in 2010 in full partnership with the Government of Swaziland. This programme’s aim is to ensure educational access to the children who could not access primary education due to socio-economic challenges at the required age. The age range for these children is 10 - 18 years. Selected primary schools are used to teach the over-aged children after working hours. Current and retired Primary school teachers are recruited to facilitate learning for these children.
Objectives of Non Formal Primary Education
To provide educational access, following the non-formal education route to children who could not access education at the required age.
To provide learners with the means of achieving a qualification equivalent to the Swaziland Primary Certificate awarded at Grade 7. This certificate allows one to proceed to Secondary education; formal or non-formal.
Vocational and Practical Skills Training
Sebenta runs vocational training courses in Building, Carpentry & Joinery, and Sewing. These courses run for nine months each. Learners qualify after completing the Sebenta Post Basic English course. Of late, however, Sebenta has found itself contending with the arrival of people who were in the formal school system to enroll in some or all of these courses. The institute does not turn them away.
Life Skills Education (LSE):
Life skills are not exactly a separate programme but are incorporated into all the programmes. The idea is that life skills are enshrined in both SiSwati and English Literacy, and NUPE subjects.
Sebenta also has a programme at Maphatsindvuku, an area in the Lubombo Region, where orphans and vulnerable children are assisted with food and other needs. This project has among other things, a hammer-mill where local residents have their maize ground into maize-meal – at a fee. The money goes to caring for these orphans, most of whose parents died from AIDS.
Sebenta has her Printing works; it is used to print and publish readers’ materials used in the Literacy, NUPE and Skills development education and training programmes. Inaddition, external jobs are sourced solely for income generating purposes.
To enquire and / or access the Institute’s services use the following contacts:
• Telephone: +268404 2644, +268551 6168 and +268404 5997
• TeleFax: +268404 2729
• Office Address: P.O. Box 64 Mbabane. Swaziland. Southern Africa.
• Office Location: Along Somhlolo road, opposite Swaziland College of Technology (SCOT)
• Enquiries may also be made at; Regional Administration Offices, Tinkhundla centres, Community leadership in Chiefs’ Kraals and Regional Education Offices
Public Relations: +268404 2644, +268763 24590
SUMMARIZED DEPARTMENTAL OBJECTIVES, FUNCTIONS & JOB DESCRIPTIONS
THE EXECUTIVE BOARD:
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT & LEARNING RESOURCE SECTION:
MONITORING AND EVALUATION:
To provide financial management and accounting services to all sections in the institute in accordance to the professional financial accounting instructions and stores regulations.