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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FASD AND ITS IMPACT ON LEARNING

FASD AND ITS IMPACT ON LEARNING

Today is National Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Day.   According to World Health Organisation (WHO), foetal alcohol syndrome is the biggest cause of mental retardation in North America, Canada and South Africa. The number of people affected by foetal alcohol syndrome is three to five times more than those with HIV and AIDS.  The highest reports of foetal alcohol syndrome cases in South Africa are in the Western Cape province, and this is believed to be as a result of the Dop system; a criteria by which wine manufacturers pay workers with alcohol. Foetal alcohol syndrome is 100 percent preventable but it cannot be cured. (Source: Western Cape Provincial Government) At Inclusive Education South Africa, our aim is to equip and facilitate a process whereby our beneficiaries feel more confident to accommodate and support learners meaningfully. …
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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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