Occupational Therapy to support Holistic Development

The model which Siyakwazi implements, supports the holistic inclusion and development of a child with a disability. We support early identification and advocate for early intervention. In some instances, supporting developmental delays or barriers to learning, early intervention leads to prevention as we support a child through critical developmental pathways at an early age. At the start of 2020 Dani …

Understanding Disability: The Complexity

Half a million children with disabilities in South Africa have been shut out of South Africa’s education system. In KwaZulu Natal, the highest number of children not accessed to any form of education, is 117 000. Most are hidden away at home and lack the opportunities to learn and progress. The medical model of disability observes a person’s limitations based …

A story of Hope

We want to support parents of children with disabilities, show them the role they play in their child’s early learning, create advocacy for the rights of children with disabilities and allow them a space to grow and nurture their own beliefs around disability so that they too can be a voice which breaks stigma and prejudice in the community. Read …

Adjusting to our new norm

A global trend is happening right now and we are by no means isolated from its impact. Around the world everyone is starting to come to terms with the pandemic brought about by Covid19 and how life as we ‘knew’ it is starting to transform into something different. At Siyakwazi, we, like many, are adjusting our strategy and way of …

Supporting parents’ share their stories

Supporting children with disabilities can be a sensitive topic. A lot of stigma remains around disability and parents are often scared to share too much about their experience or talk about the situation. Our Inclusion team have recognised the role counselling plays in supporting parents and helping them ‘open up’ about their experience with having a child with a disability. …

Inclusion Hub Success

At the start of 2019 we were faced with a funding dilemma in that there was insufficient funding to fully support our ECD programme across all 20 ECD Centres which we worked with in 2018. We then decided to create a definite separation between our inclusion and school readiness approaches. We developed 2 ECD-based programmes with the funding available. For …

Inclusion training with Ndinogona

(an uHambo foundation initiative) At the beginning of 2019, Siyakwazi undertook an exciting ‘partnership’ with uHambo Foundation South Africa, an NPO established in 2010 to bring about social change for all children with mobility disabilities in South Africa. The main goal of this partnership was to add to the philosophy that Siyakwazi has developed with its ‘inclusive hub’ approach with …

Learn & Play Club

Supporting Children with Disabilities and their parents June 2019 saw the start of our very first official Learn & Play Holiday Club. This year the team decided that they wanted to provide a more intensive learning and support environment for children with disabilities and children who are participating in the catch-up programme. The learn and play holiday club took place …

Sinekhona: We have talent

Supporting parents of children with disabilities through Skills Development At the start of June 2019, an exciting new project kicked off with the Siyakwazi team and some of their partners. ‘Sinekhono’, translated form isiZulu as ‘We have talent’ is an initiative which upskills parents/ caregivers of children with disabilities. The first project kicked off with a 6-week sewing course with …