IESA’s Knowledge Sharing Programme Online Survey, 2020

IESA’s Knowledge Sharing Programme Online Survey, 2020

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Dear Colleague/Friend/Supporter  IESA is conducting an impact assessment of its Knowledge Sharing Programme since inception. If you have interacted with IESA at some point in the past, then you are invited to participate in this survey. Your responses will be highly appreciated, as we thrive to improve our programme offering. The questionnaire will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Please note that all your personal information will be kept confidential and analysis of responses will be aggregated and anonymised.  Please click on the link to participate in the survey: https://forms.gle/MxgvTdeqHvFSic7RA
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IESA SUPPORT FOR PARENTS – Learning at home during SA Lockdown

IESA SUPPORT FOR PARENTS – Learning at home during SA Lockdown

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1 April 2020 Inclusive Education SA launched our WhatsApp PARENT SUPPORT LINE to support learning at home during SA’s Lockdown. Our qualified facilitators are standing by to take your questions on how you can: (1) Plan activities for you and your child                            (2) Support your child with their homework                            (3) Stimulate learning for babies and toddlers at home. You will have access to advice and                                   various strategies and resources. We are here to support you during this lockdown.  
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School Enrolment 2021

School Enrolment 2021

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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 2021.   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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Annual General Meeting 2019

Annual General Meeting 2019

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Our 23rd Annual General Meeting, was held on 13 September 2019, at the Webber Wentzel Office Tower in Cape Town. As part of the programme, two of our facilitators were leading the group activities. In attendance, was Cindy Rutter, Principal of the Dominican School for the Deaf - Wittebome. She gave the audience a lesson in Sign Language as well as how to sign #Am I Next #Am I Included, as part of the "Am I Next" movement taking place in cities across our country. Melanie Andrews, owner of Cuddles and Care Centre in Atlantis had this to say of our AGM : What I appreciated most was that it was very informative as to what inclusive education was really about. The videos especially before the formalities started made things…
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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

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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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IESA Celebrates Heritage Day 2018

IESA Celebrates Heritage Day 2018

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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" display_type="photocrati-nextgen_basic_thumbnails" override_thumbnail_settings="0" thumbnail_width="240" thumbnail_height="160" thumbnail_crop="1" images_per_page="20" number_of_columns="0" 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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Barriers to Learning Are Not Limited to Disability

Barriers to Learning Are Not Limited to Disability

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

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

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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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