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 160 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.
Therapy (Physical, Occupational and medical intervention) is offered for the rehabilitation, treatment and development of our children. This vital service is an integral part for development of maximum potential and skills for daily living to improve access to learning. At some stage, we plan to be able to offer "out-patient" care for very young children and for children at other schools.
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.