Half a million children with disabilities have been shut out of South Africa’s schooling system.

WHAT WE DO

At Siyakwazi we help every child reach their full potential, advocating the rights of children with disabilities and barriers to learning. Our programmes include to main areas of focus, Inclusion and School Readiness.

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INCLUSION support

Home-based learning interventions and inclusive classroom support for children with disabilities. 

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therapy

Access to termly therapy support for children with disabilities through our team of therapists, including Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech & Language Therapy.

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SCHool readiness

Red Flag Screening & Catch-up Programme implemented in pre-Grade R to Grade 1. Supports early identification and intervention of children with barriers to learning.

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early learning

Critical learning support in the first 1000 days with parents and their babies to supporting learning and development in homes.           

In 2024, 651 children under the age of 7  have been identified at risk of falling behind across 35 educational facilities.
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our 2024 impact

School Readiness

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Primary School teachers & ECD practitioners supported with Inclusion & School Readiness programmes
Therapy

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Children supported with School Readiness in Primary schools & ECD Centres
Parents

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Children with disabilities & their families supported through the Inclusion programme
Parents

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Children supported through home-based 0-2 Early Learning programme

Children with disabilities, I mustn’t feel sorry for them. … All I need to do is ask.

LATEST UPDATES

Parent Support in action: Nomfundo & Owami’s ASD journey

Owami* (5) has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and he joined the Inclusion Programme in 2021. Siyakwazi has supported Owami’s enrollment to a local private Special Education Needs (SEN) school since 2023. Thanks to sponsorships from this school, Owami is able to attend a school with specialised classes and teaching plans that take into account his unique…
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Afikile’s story: Take a walk in her shoes

Afikile* (2) was born premature and with complications that led to her diagnosis of cerebral palsy at an early age. Her developmental progress followed an unexpected timeline so her parents, confused and without any meaningful knowledge of her condition, reached out to local clinics for support.  It was at one of these clinic visits in…
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Respite Play & Learn: A little respite goes a long way

Siyakwazi is all about inclusion. It is our purpose. We aim to support every child in reaching their full potential by advocating the rights of children with disabilities and removing barriers to learning. But, what can be done when the current education system in South Africa falls short? We find our own way! Siyakwazi’s Respite Play & Learn…
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In KwaZulu Natal, the highest number of children not accessed to any form of education, is 117 000.

OUR PARTNERSHIPS

WHERE WE WORK

At the heart of our operation and centrally positioned within the community is the Siyakwazi Resource Centre which was established in 2018. It is here that we coordinate and develop all our programmes and interventions.