About us

 We are a junior school, catering for the needs of physically disabled children in KwaZulu-Natal. This is where our specialty lies. Most of our children come from impoverished, rurally based Zulu speaking homes. We have about 164 learners of whom all but a few live in our hostel. Many of our children have diverse disabilities/impairments/barriers viz. cerebral palsy, amputations, genetic syndromes, congenital disorders, post disease disorders, epilepsy, partially sighted, hard of hearing, attention deficits, learning impairments, are trauma victims (violence, fires, accidents, etc), and some have multiple impairments. These are all barriers to daily living as well as learning. We follow an adapted (for special needs) normal state academic learning program from Grade 1 to Grade 7. Various empowering skills such as agriculture (permaculture), chicken rearing, computer literacy & office technology, knitting, sewing, crochet, pottery, glassware, leatherwork, wirework, arts and crafts and weaving are also taught. Have a look at our Vision page to see more. Our aim is to equip our learners with employable and/or self-employable skills. Therapy (Physical and Occupational) is offered for the rehabilitation, and hopefully, is early intervention for our learners. We are hopefully going to be able to offer "out-patient" care for very young children and for children at other schools. Have a look at our Therapy page, and our Reaching Out pages to see what we are doing. We are currently involved in two main outreach thrusts into the community Serving as a resource centre for neighbouring schools, both for Special Needs as well as for Permaculture (Food, Nutrition, Greening, Recycling, Ecology), Community based rehabilitation, skills and literacy training, HIV/AIDS and disability awareness.

Gallery

A few pictures from school life

Harding Special School

Vision

Where we have come from and where we are going

We are state subsidised, but unfortunately this only touches the tip of the iceberg. We are as a result highly dependent on the kindness and good will of community and business.

 

Our permaculture vegetable and fruit tree planting projects aim to make us self-sufficient. Our chicken rearing project, like the vegetables and fruit, are part of the skills training program, and they put food on the table in our hostels, which helps lower our hostel fees.

MANY have been so kind in supporting us, both in money and kind.

 

Should you wish to support us in any way, please feel free to contact us. If you are able to donate financially, it will be if great help and much appreciated. I have created a "Wish List" should you like to see it

 

We aim to cater for learners with physically disabilities from Grade 1 to Grade 9 (Std 7).

 

 

 

As only 3% of the disabled are employed in the open job market, we would like to establish an adult training workshop. The aim is to empower our school leavers and community with employable skills. These skills could include wood work, welding, brick laying, agriculture, permaculture, etc., incorporating entrepreneurial/commercial skills to help the learners to become employable in the local industries and the open job market at large.

 

Aims & Barriers

Phase 1 & 2 Building of a multipurpose hall with attached kitchen and laundry: Building of the core structure (administration, therapy, computer and library/multimedia centre) This will ultimately open up the original school building (affectionately known as “The train”) for development as a training workshop/s.

Phase 3: Equipping and staffing of the training workshops.

Phase 4—Phase 10: Building of classrooms, hostels, offices, etc to cater for the educational, housing and administrative needs of the growing school and training centre.

Concurrent phases: Our permaculture gardens have been vital for our survival (financially), yet are a key skill in job creation and self-employability for the disabled. We are looking for the following to develop the project.

Farming equipment and expertise.

Tunnels (greenhouse) and hydroponics expertise .

Labour, training, funding.

Solar panels or similar.

 

Wish List

Vision

Our plans. Our dreams

 

Wer sind wir ?

Wir sind eine Grundschule für Kinder mit Körperbehinderungen in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Die meisten Kinder stammen aus verarmten Zulu sprechenden Familien im ländlichen Raum. Wir haben zurzeit 165 Schüler, von denen die meisten in unserem Schülerheim wohnen.

 

Was machen wir ?

Wir folgen dem Regelschulcurriculum für die Klassen 1 bis 7. Außerdem werden lebenspraktische Fertigkeiten in folgenden Bereichen vermittelt: Landwirtschaft, Hühnerhaltung, PC, Handarbeit (Stricken, Nähen, Häkeln, Spinnen), Töpferei, Kunst, Draht- und Lederarbeiten, Handwerk. Christliche Werte und Normen sind der Kern unseres Schulethos.

 

Wir haben an zahlreichen Umwelt- und Permakultur-Wettbewerben teilgenommen. 1996 und 2000 gewannen wir den ersten Preis des “Trees for Africa Edu-plant“-Wettbewerbs und gehörten zu den drei Finalisten des “Nedbank Environmental Awards“ für Schulen.

 

Wie stellen wir uns unsere Zukunft vor?

•Wir streben die Aufnahme von 440 Kindern mit Körperbehinderungen und eine Erweiterung bis Klasse 9 an.

• Nur 3% der Menschen mit Behinderungen bekommen eine Stelle auf dem freien Arbeitsmakt. Deshalb möchten wir eine Werkstatt für unsere Schulabgänger und ergänzend bedürftige Gemeindemitglieder einrichten, deren Ziel die Vermittlung berufs- bzw. arbeitsmarktrelevanter Kompetenzen ist. Diese könnten Holz- und Steinlegearbeiten, Schweißen, Landwirtschaft und Permakultur umfassen. Die erworbenen Handels- und unternehmerischen Kenntnisse würden den Schülern helfen, in der örtlichen Industrie und dem freien Arbeitsmarkt eine Beschäftigung zu finden.

 

Ziele:

• Phase 1: Der Bau eines neuen Mädchenwohnheims wird die Einrichtung und den Ausbau der Werkstatt in dem bisher als Mädchentrakt genutzten Gebäude ermöglichen.

 

•Phase 2: Materielle und personelle Ausstattung der Ausbildungswerkstätten.

 

• Phase 3-10: Bau weiterer Klassenzimmer, Wohnheimkomplexe, Büros usw., um dem Bedarf in den Bereichen Erziehung, Wohnen und Ausbildung an der wachsenden Schule und dem neuen Ausbildungszentrum gerecht zu werden.

 

•Parallelentwicklung: Unsere nach den Prinzipien der Permakultur bewirtschafteten Gärten sind für unsere Zukunft auch finanziell unentbehrlich. Vor allem aber bieten sie die Voraussetzungen, Menschen mit Behinderungen Schlüsselkompetenzen, Arbeitsplätze und Selbstständigkeit zu vermitteln. Um das Projekt weiter entwickeln zu können,  brauchen wir Folgendes:

Landwirtschaftliches Gerät, Kapital, Arbeitskräfte und Know-how/Fortbildung für Gewächshaus-Tunnel und Hydrokultur.

 

German

For our German friends

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