School Enrolment 2020

School Enrolment 2020

Applications for school enrolment are now open.  We are very aware that this is often a time filled with much anxiety  and therefore, we at IESA would like to share some new tips together with information drawn from a past article written by our Senior Information and Support Officer, Caroline Taylor.  We hope that this will guide you as you make your applications for 2020.   Unabridged Versus Abridged  One of the latest issues to be aware of is that some schools are asking for unabridged Birth Certificates rather than the abridged one.  This has resulted in many parents feeling anxious at the prospect of having to queue at Home Affairs.  To note is that the process for ID documents are separate from the applications for birth certificates, and this means…
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Management of Accommodations for Learners who experience Barriers to Assessment and Learning

Management of Accommodations for Learners who experience Barriers to Assessment and Learning

When you have handed out the standard assessment to a learner at exam/test time, have you ever felt that there is really no chance of him making it? We know there are learners whose writing or language skills are poor but, if they are given more time and a different type of assessment, they are able to convey their understanding of the work. Department of Education Policy guidelines provide solutions to this. An example is applying for assessment accommodations regarding barriers to learning and/or immigrant status requests for assessment purposes for learners who require them. The following guidelines are extracts from WCED Circular 0017/2016: Which learners are eligible for accommodations? Those who experience barriers to learning arising from a disability, learning difficulty, learning disability or behaviour and/or psycho-social disorder which…
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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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