Harding Special School
WHERE WE HAVE COME FROM AND TO WHERE WE ARE GOING
We are a public school and thus receive a state subsidy. However, this funding only touches the tip of the iceberg. We are therefore highly dependent on the kindness and generosity of those in our community and businesses alike. MANY have supported us in both money and kind, giving of their time and expertise.
In order to minimize our expenses as much as possible we have made efforts to be more self-sufficient through various projects, including permaculture vegetable and fruit tree planting as well as chicken rearing. These projects also form part of our skills training programs and allow our learners to be empowered with self-sustaining skills. The products of these projects assist in providing food for our hostel borders and lower their fees considerably.
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. Financial donations will be of great help and sincerely appreciated. We have created a “wish list” and are able to make it available to you.
We currently cater for learners with physical disabilities from Grade 1 to Grade 7, but hope to extend to Grade 9 in future.
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
The phases of our vision for Harding Special School include the following: (plans have been drawn for most phases)
Phase 1—Phase 3: Building of classrooms, hostels, offices, etc to cater for the educational, housing and administrative needs of the growing school and training centre.
Phase 4 & 5 Building of a multi-purpose 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 6: Equipping and staffing of the training workshops.
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.
Artisan Skills e.g. bricklaying, etc.