GAP Year after Grade 12

GAP Year after Grade 12

Tsholofelo Tselaemang writes that ‘Taking a gap year after matric is an option many Grade 12’s mull over as they decide whether to apply for university courses or decide about their future’ (available at

We can offer you that GAP through various courses to choose from, namely:

  • New Venture Creation (full qualification),
  • Specialist Security Practices (full qualification), or
  • Various short courses.
This is a perfect time to choose what you would do with the rest of your life. With us you will in that GAP year gain an accredited qualification, so it is not a time spend on wasters. Under the expert guidance of facilitators with 24 year experience, you can decide what to do afterwards.
The Princeton Review comments that ‘While there are many compelling reasons to take a gap year, one of the most common is the opportunity for students to explore their interests and develop a purpose for their future. Students can take a break from intense coursework and focus on enriching life experiences’ (available at
Come and enjoy enriching life experiences with us.

Success Story of a Student at Milites Dei

Success Story of a Student at Milites Dei

Success of a Student at Milites Dei

Student with Cross Bow

Imagine meeting a young guy already 19 years of age with only a grade 9 from a special school. He exhibits major disciplinary, focus and emotional problems.

He starts participating in the military style courses and after 8 months with Milites Dei, the following were observed from this same student:

  • Self-control;
  • Better decision-making;
  • Emotional maturity;
  • Teamwork;
  • Positive and pleasant personality.

Crystal J. Briscoe writes that ‘Education helps in grooming a personality’ (available at ).


At Milites Dei, military style training as part of formal education is used by the facilitators to deliver knowledge and skills to students.

Milites Dei Student Building in Nature

Children Building in Nature

Children Building in Nature

Milites Dei Student Building in Nature

Milites Dei Student Building in Nature

Nature and its resources are available at Milites Dei Head Office. These resources allow children to be exposed to fantasy creations to overcome obstacles that in return help children to gain the skills of leadership, emotional intelligence and creative problem solving. Our camps focused on children as potential leaders and provide the perfect setting for that.

Children currently spend half as much time outdoors as they did 20 years ago. According to research by the Children and Nature, children who play outside are more physically active, more creative in their play, less aggressive, and exhibit better concentration Network (available at

The camps are positive, fun, safe and well supervised by Amareza and Bardo Buys, a mother and son team. Amareza is an expert in the field of teaching and learning since 1993. She is busy with her PhD in Leadership.  Bardo is an expert in the field of Bush Craft and Learning through Games.

Leadership-Management Training at Milites Dei

Leadership-Management Training at Milites Dei

‘Absurdum est ut alios regat, qui seipsum regere nescit’ is a Latin proverb, implying that it is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself (The Routledge Dictionary of Latin Quotations 2010).

Linking with the above proverb, Milites Dei, approach leadership training from the stance that the student needs to get to know he/she first. In addition, as explained by Steve Myers (available at ) leadership cannot exist without management and vice versa.

The first step in leadership, before one could even think of managing-leading others is to (i) know oneself and once that is achieved one can move to (ii) manage-lead oneself. In other words, one cannot manage-lead other people if the two steps above are not in place. This is where emotional intelligence or its casual shorthand EQ comes in. Daniel Goleman (available at ) shows us 12 personal EQ competencies based on self-mastery (such as accurate self-assessment, self-control, initiative, and optimism) and 13 key relationship skills (such as service orientation, developing others, conflict management, and building bonds).

The obvious advantage of knowing and managing oneself is that one can address one’s weaknesses and in this way, one creates more strengths or personal strong points. With more strong points, a person becomes more of a winner and more successes follow.

The person can then rule self and others successfully.

Bush Path Walking Trail

Walking Trail

Seven Days of Intense Survival

One of Milites Dei Students Hiking and Tracking

One of David Montanbeau famous quotes explains that “The greatest discovery by mankind thus far; is realizing that you can change your life by simply changing your attitude.”

As part of the Specialist Security Practices Qualification on offer by Milites Dei Training Academy is the seven days intense survival. It will help you to slow down and look differently at things around you so that you can become present and block out the stimuli of life.

We will teach you to understand nature and the wild and to survive within it. Nature will awe you and you will be able to make far better decisions.

An anonymous author (available at writes ‘A key ingredient in any survival situation is the mental attitude of the individual(s) involved. Having survival skills is important; having the will to survive is essential. Without a desk to survive, acquired skills serve little purpose and invaluable knowledge goes to waste.’

In addition, and amongst other things, you will need the following as advised by

  • A Blade or Knife
  • Fire craft
  • Knots / Rope craft
  • Hunting and Trapping
  • Shelter
  • Tracking

Milites Dei also offer a Seven Day Bush Craft experience to clients.

Hiking for Animal Tracks


Hiking for the tracking of animals means that students will have to find their own paths to move about in the bush while looking for animal tracks. Jonah Evans of Aphine explains on his website (available at that ‘Animal tracks are a window into an otherwise be a hidden world of wild animals. Animals are all around us, but many are stealthy, shy, and seldom seen. To a trained tracker however, there are signs of life everywhere. Animal tracks (also called animal footprints, pugmarks, traces, spoor, impressions, etc) are a powerful tool for learning about the wildlife around you’.
Students of Milites Dei are also expected to track their route on MyTracks so that they will become familiar with the areas being explored. During the route students will have to report to the Head Office via pictures of the tracks explored (see below). MyTracks is a GPS tracking application that runs on Android.
Photos of the animals are also saved and discuss in detail once back at the base camp.
MyTracks Picture

MyTracks Picture





Eric Jensen noted author in the field of brain-based learning explains the link between engagement and learning. He emphasises that learning worked best when the activity was intrinsically meaningful to the individual. ‘The task has to be behaviorally relevant to the learner, which is why the brain will not adapt to senseless tasks’. Jensen goes on to explore topics such as motivation, critical thinking skills, optimal educational environments, emotions and memory. Fun means taking part while doing and learning which must have meaning and purpose and it means being challenged (available at
Above is a photograph of one of the Milites Dei students having fun during one of the learning activities, namely Move Tactically on Foot. You will learn the following when enrolled at Milites Dei:

  • Members do not bundle
  • Co-ordinated movement
  • Optimal use of shadows
  • Silhouette forming is prevented
  • Peeping around objects is practised before moving into new area
  • External noise is utilised to compliment movement
  • Personal equipment is secured to prevent noise

Email us at to enrol.

Teaching and Learning Opportunities for the New Leaders

On 10 Jan 2014, Nic Spaul wrote in the Mail and Guardian ‘Although I would like to celebrate with the pupils who passed their matric exams, I find myself asking: “Who is going to speak up for the 550 000 children who started school 12 years ago, but have been silently excluded because of drop out?

(Available at ).

Spaul advocates ‘the quality of primary and secondary schooling’ as the solution.

The author of this blog acknowledges Spaul’s advocacy, and would also like to elaborate on the fact that we are surrounded by a new kind of a child and therefore we need new quality schooling. Being 24 years in education and being a mother of two grown up boys in their 20 with many friends, I am astonishes with their wisdom and mental depth. They participate in conversations about expert topics that they sourced on the internet out of free will, yet they just do not want to complete school assignments. When they are interested to actively pursue a career they train themselves in the methods.

Again, as in a previous blog, my thoughts are taken to the theories of the Indigo Children.

Wendy Chapman lists the characteristics of the Indigo Child on her website (available at

  • Have strong self esteem, connection to source
  • Know they belong here until they are told otherwise
  • Have an obvious sense of self
  • Have difficulty with discipline and authority
  • Refuse to follow orders or directions
  • Find it torture to waiting in lines, lack patience
  • Get frustrated by ritual-oriented systems that require little creativity
  • Often see better ways of doing thing at home and at school
  • Are mostly nonconformists
  • Do not respond to guilt trips, want good reasons
  • Get bored rather easily with assigned tasks
  • Are rather creative
  • Are easily distractible, can do many things at once
  • Display strong intuition
  • Have strong empathy for others or NO empathy
  • Develop abstract thinking very young
  • Are gifted and/or talented, highly intelligent
  • Are often identified or suspected of having ADD or ADHD, but can focus when they want to
  • Are talented daydreamers and visionaries
  • Have very old, deep, wise looking eyes
  • Have spiritual intelligence and/or psychic skills
  • Often express anger outwardly rather than inwardly and may have trouble with rage
  • Need our support to discover themselves
  • Are here to change the world – to help us live in greater harmony and peace with one another and to raise the vibration of the planet

At Milites Dei we are focused to make the training and qualifications fit for The Indigo Child; the child that did not complete the schooling system. We believe these children are the future leaders and will lead with new insight and capabilities. Thus, we use customised teaching and learning methodologies to ensure success for our students with nature as the class room setting.


Human Minds and Games as Learning


Paintball as Learning








Milites Dei takes theoretical learning such as Specialist Security Practices NQF Level 4, SAQA ID 57713 and adds survival and bush craft games to it. In this way students physically engage in nature as well as the challenges there within. The facilitators thereafter relate the theories and practical games back and forth. Concepts such as water procurement, building a shelter from bushes, packing sandbags, bush ovens, paintball gun games, obstacles, tracking, and hiking, etcetera are explored. This is very similar to learning through playing computer games.

On Minecraft’s Web Page ( the creators write ‘… is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things. It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean. It’s pretty…’

In Milites Dei’s Bush Camp Ego and on the Sanderson Farm it is pretty as well and the games engaged in facilitates learning. There are no monsters.

In a Stanford Report, March 1, 2013 by RF Mackay called “Playing to learn: Panelists at Stanford discussion say using games as an educational tool provides opportunities for deeper learning. Interaction and opportunities to make choices are among the virtues of the new generation of educational games, experts say.”  In the same article Mackay elaborates on the theories by James Gee, a professor of literacy studies at Arizona State University, who holds degrees in philosophy and linguistics from Stanford, Gee explains ‘… human minds are plug-and-play devices; they’re not meant to be used alone. They’re meant to be used in networks. Games allow us to do that – they allow us to use what Gee calls “collective intelligence” ‘. Available at

Education for Indigo Kids

Kids Today are Different…PMH ATWATER, LHD writes ‘…and they are driving their parents nuts, education has failed us,…’. Just in my circle of friends there are numerous children that did not complete high school. Yet, they are highly intelligent, internet savvy, experts in certain fields, excellent communicators and exhibit many talents.  In addition, they are not economically active and in most cases the parents still take care of them. Atwater continues to explain that our children of today face a major challenge, namely unemployment and if we as adults are not going to actively get involved, these children will either revert to ‘…drugs, sex and digital addictions…’. Thus, we could make a difference by not giving up. That our youth will also reinvent the world. In Atwater’s book, ‘Children of the Fifth World’ it is explained that the children of today have what it takes and that we adults needs to understand them and they in return need to understand themselves. These children are referred to, amongst other names, as the Indigo Children.  The Indigo Children need ‘…mentors, adults willing to guide, teach, test and give of themselves; to show not preach’.

Milites Dei Training AcademEMY SCHOOLS SPECIAL Jock of the BushveldMilites Dei Training Academy offers South African accredited qualifications and customised and adjusted according to the student’s needs. Students will be exposed to the beauty of nature as well as the challenges there within while practically engaging the theories of real life.