The Kingdom of Eswatini has multiple Montessori preschools and one Montessori primary school. Therefore, Eswatini needs a Montessori high school.
Montessori education is unlike any other - we follow inquiry based learning.
Students following an inquiry based learning syllabus are driven by individuality and natural curiosity, helping develop responsibility and self-motivation. By doing this they acquire core life skills that are hugely valuable in a changing world.
This education system was originally developed by Maria Montessori at the start of the 20th century. She believed that education was necessary for a peaceful world - and that this was achievable with a pedagogy that encouraged individual actualization. She developed a system where the student's natural curiosity is the driving force. Her motto was 'follow the child'. At Lilima we have fused the Montessori principles with the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. This fusion blends motivation and academic rigour.
The school's mentor is Dr Paul Epstein, a world authority on Montessori adolescent programmes. The fulltime teachers have secondary school Montessori qualifications from the Centre for Guided Montessori Studies (CGMS) and undergo International Baccalaureate (IB) professional development on a continual basis.
Lilima Montessori High is registered as a not for profit NGO in Eswatini.The school opened in January 2017 with 22 students in temporary premises in Mbabane and in January 2023, opened at the new school campus on Sibebe Resort Road about 9 km outside the city centre. The new campus, is situated in the beautiful hills surrounding Sibebe Rock, which, at more than 3,000 feet (around 800 meters) tall, is the largest granite pluton in the world and the second-largest monolithic rock. The site of this dramatic volcanic rock is an impressive three billion years old and one of the most important geological sites in Africa.
Graduate students are now either in the work place or pursuing university or college education both overseas and in South Africa. They are pursuing a wide range of careers includinggraphic design, (IT) computer animation, computer programming, performing arts, health and beauty, hospitality, sports science, astro physics, business management and epidemiology.
LMH has been able to secure scholarships over the past 5 years and there is a commitment to offer further scholarships to children from the Eswatini community on an annual basis.