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Our Mission

Our mission is to support children in economically marginalised areas to benefit from a quality foundational education, helping to develop each child to their fullest potential using the proven Montessori approach.

Meet The Team


Jennifer Moore


Programme Director

Jennifer has been fully involved in the Montessori world for the past 30 years in Cape Town, South Africa.

She has directed and taught in classrooms for children between the ages of 3 to 9 years and co-ordinated and developed teacher training courses.

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Xoliswa Bala



Xoliswa has spent over 25 years working at Auburn House School supporting teachers in the classroom.

She has been instrumental in leading First Children's self-development studies with women over several years.

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Piliswa Baliwe


Piliswa received her Montessori teaching certificate in 2005 and was a classroom assistant at Auburn House School for over 15 years.

She recently joined the First Children Team to assist in the facilitation of workshops and discussion groups in the Xhosa language in Cape Town and the Eastern Cape.


Sibulele Magini

Advisory Board Member

Sibulele hails from the Eastern Cape rural village of Ngqushwa and holds a B.A degree and a teaching qualification from Rhodes University in Grahamstown. He worked as a journalist and then found his passion in teaching, which he has been doing for the past five years.

We believe that with understanding, all children can embrace who they are, can define their future and can change the world.

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