Barriers to Learning Are Not Limited to Disability

Barriers to Learning Are Not Limited to Disability

Senzo's Story - A barrier is not only defined by disability “A barrier to learning is anything that stands in the way of a child being able to learn effectively.”   What we often fail to realise is that barriers to learning are not only limited to physical or intrinsic disabilities. *Senzo (name has been changed) is an only child of a single mother and has lived with his grandmother from birth up until his present age of three.  He is well cared for, however, when he started at his local ECD centre he was delayed with regards to milestones in comparison to his peers.  This was because he had not had appropriate stimulation at home.  He still drank milk from a baby bottle and his mannerisms were “baby-like”. Scribbling, reading activities…
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Inclusive Education South Africa Celebrates #GivingTuesdaySA

Inclusive Education South Africa Celebrates #GivingTuesdaySA

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organisations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Following the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s #GivingTuesdaySA will take place on November 27th and will kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back. Inclusive Education South Africa joined the #GivingTuesdaySA Movement to encourage South Africans to make investments towards an inclusive education system that meets the needs of all children in their local public schools.   At Inclusive Education South Africa we believe quality education is without a doubt Inclusive education – together with our supporters and funders, we seek to ensure that families, educators and service providers working with children experiencing barriers to…
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IESA Celebrates Heritage Day 2018

IESA Celebrates Heritage Day 2018

Today, IESA Gauteng and Western Cape branches celebrated heritage day 2018. Staff members were asked to come dressed in traditional clothing and share a few of their stories with one another as well as bring eats that represented their heritage.  A great day was had by all, as we were reminded of our rich and diverse collective histories. [ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="16" display_type="photocrati-nextgen_basic_thumbnails" override_thumbnail_settings="1" thumbnail_width="240" thumbnail_height="160" thumbnail_crop="0" images_per_page="20" number_of_columns="4" ajax_pagination="0" show_all_in_lightbox="0" use_imagebrowser_effect="0" show_slideshow_link="1" slideshow_link_text="[Show slideshow]" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"]
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“If they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.”

“If they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.”

I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” Nelson Mandela Today as we celebrate Mandela Day 2018, we share a recent interview, with our director Bertha Magoge, in which we discuss and advocate that all children should be taught to appreciate the beauty that lies in diversity.   Listen to the podcast from Cape Talk Radio here        
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Our children are not safe in school!

Our children are not safe in school!

As we come to the end of child protection week, the daily headlines remind us of our education system’s responsibility to do more to ensure the safety and security of our children in schools. Over the past few months, we have seen the death of another young learner falling in a pit latrine, the South African Human Rights Commission holding public hearings into the deaths of 3 learners in a special school hostel fire and countless reports of knife attacks, gang fights and ongoing corporal punishment in schools. Violence in schools is a significant barrier to learning and is one that effects an alarming number of South African children. Inclusive Education South Africa was visiting a school in Cape Town during exams when shots rang out. Learners screamed in terror…
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Emily’s Story – “I am able, but different”

Emily’s Story – “I am able, but different”

My name is Emily Zawe and I have type 2 Osteogenisis Imperfecta (brittle bones disease). To date, I have had 47 fractures and 10 surgeries. Growing up with Osteogenisis Imperfecta has been a difficult task to achieve but I’ve made it this far as strong as ever and this is my story….. so far. I was diagnosed with Osteogenisis Imperfecta when I was 18 months old. My family and I were forced to relocate to South Africa for better treatment which I receive from Steve Biko Hospital.  At age 3 I started attending school at Balo and Friends Crèche. As a pre-scholar barely out of the toddler ages it was pretty rough. I was not allowed to run jump or climb jungle gyms because of the fear of falling and…
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A MOTHERS STORY: EMILY ZAWE – UNBREAKABLE SPIRIT!

A MOTHERS STORY: EMILY ZAWE – UNBREAKABLE SPIRIT!

Today we have the privilege of sharing a story from a mothers heart. Her trials, her triumphs, her strengths and her challenges.  We met Tamara Zawe a few months ago through our Information and Communication programme and what was most memorable about the conversation is that our programme officer ended up feeling more inspired after having spoken to Zamara!  We trust that as we have just finished celebrating mothers day this past week, that you would be inspired as this story touches on various challenges and thoughts that countless mothers encounter in our country when standing in the gap for their children with diverse needs. Emily Zawe is a young lady aged 15 years old born in Zimbabwe on the 30th of January 2003, diagnosed at about eighteen months with…
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Lend children with disabilities a hand

Lend children with disabilities a hand

When President Cyril Ramaphosa presented his first State of the Nation address in Parliament on February 16, he called up the memory of the recently deceased music legend Hugh Masekela and invited South Africans to “lend a hand”. Social media was alive with requests for the president to #SendMe, in response to this moving call. Unfortunately, children with disabilities, their parents and disability rights activists have not received Ramaphosa’s promises with equal optimism. We have become numb to winning slogans and passing references to children with disabilities’ plight in political speeches. We have also learnt through bitter experience that no slogan or symbolic gesture can replace the systematic overhaul of the basic education system that is required to ensure an inclusive education for all children. To continue reading the article as…
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Sparking a Revolution of change for “Unfit Dads”

Sparking a Revolution of change for “Unfit Dads”

Today we have the last in our series of interviews with the Unfit Dads.  We have the privilege of introducing Andrew Van Der Walt, who is passionate about encouraging all "Unfit Dads" to create change that will be a benefit to their families and communities.   IESA: Please introduce yourself  Andrew: Andrew van der Walt is the name, continuous improvement is the game. I am 36 years old, married to one wife and share the joy of parenting 3 gorgeous kids – Nicholas (10), Stefan (4) and Bethany (10 months). My day designation is an accountant for Red Bull South Africa Pty Ltd, while interacting and serving various churches through J-Life South Africa. IESA: What was your experience of school growing up? Andrew: I loved school – for me, school was cool.…
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