About Monja Boonzaier

My name is Monja Boonzaier, 42 years old and I am a South African Citizen, living in Johannesburg. My passion lies in Early Child Education. My dream is to engage personally in setting up projects for Early Childhood Development in South Africa (Ages 0-2) for underprivileged classes. Why? Babies’ social and emotional development lays the basis for success in life. As Nursery Schools and day care centres are not part of the overall governmental education policy in South Africa there is a need for change in the perception of these important institutions.  I can contribute to a change through my project. My interdisciplinary skills, my creativity allows me to live my dream.

I now need to take this further and share it with those less fortunate, and in great need of the value it could bring to them… the young black South African children.

Professional skills

  • Performance Certificate in dance at the Cape Town University School of Dance, Bachalor Honours in Contemporary Dance at the London School of Contemporary Dance

  • Training with the pilates Foundation UK Ltd.

  • Training courses to keep updated with the latest reasearch in Movement Therapy

  • Graduated  as a Feldenkrais practitioner in 2016 and as as a Chava Shelhav Child’Space practitioner in 2019

  • Both, dance experience and Pilates have grounded her love for teaching movement and helping others which she already realizes within her own studio (called Beautifulmind Studio), in Illovo Johannesburg.

  • Primary and high school systems are under the authority of the government and are structured, while nursery schools and day care centres are neglected in the education cycle. This touches in particular the social structure in townships.