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Parent Testimonies

We recently touched base with some of the parents to ask their feedback about their experience and observe where they are at. Whilst the process of being supported by Siyakwazi has helped lift some of the burden for these parents, Inclusion and the support of parents is by no means a linear process, and so…
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Together we can

Download Siyakwazi’s 2020 Annual Report A message from the Chairman: To all Siyakwazi’s stakeholders and interested parties, 2020 was not what we all expected and planned for and as you continue to read through this report, you will notice that through Siyakwazi’s Covid response, there was learning, growth and a reflection that Siyakwazi’s inclusive model became more effective in many ways.…
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Zulu Dancing

Small steps to success…

July 2020 Newsletter We’re constantly reminded that when working with young children and especially those with disabilities, that small steps need to be celebrated as big achievements because they pave the foundation for all future development. Our Work under Lockdown level 3 Our way of working continues to be impacted by the Lockdown level 3…
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Woman and Child

Supporting children with disabilities, Mbali’s Story

Despite the lockdown we have continued with our Sinezwi, giving parents who we work with an opportunity to share their story and their experiences. This is Mbali’s story Mbali was in Matric when she found out that she was pregnant, she hadn’t given much thought to being a mom. At that time she was living…
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Child Therapy

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…
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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…
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A story of Hope, Wendy’s Story

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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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