Recognizing its role in the socioeconomic development of Swaziland, over the past few years the Ministry of Education (MoE) has made significant strides towards providing quality education at all levels, through both formal and non-formal strategies.
The Education and Training Sector Policy of 2011, and the resulting Strategic Plan (2010–2022), provides for free primary education (including the provision of text books), and ensures that issues such as HIV and AIDS and others are included in the Inqaba School Support Programme. As a result of the latter, a formal guidance and counselling syllabus has been introduced in schools, and guidelines on compiling School Development Plans have been produced. CSTL is incorporated in all these policies and plans.
The National Children’s Policy of 2009 is another demonstration of the commitment of the government of Swaziland to the wellbeing of children, and is actioned through the National Plan of Action for Children (2011–2015).
The MoE’s actions are supplemented through the activities of organizations such as UNICEF, a CSTL partner, the European Union and NGOs, which assist in the areas of school-feeding and the care of orphans and other vulnerable children.
The MoE’s investment in the in-service training of teachers in areas like skills education, guidance and counselling and curriculum development will ensure that policies and plans are carried through to the children of the country, thus demonstrating commitment to the attainment of CSTL goals.