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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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Autism Spectrum Disorder: How Siyakwazi supports children with ASD

April – and Autism Awareness Month – is nearing to a close but our work is far from finished. Behavioural difficulties and differences often associated with autism are among the most cited reasons for exclusion from education. So, how can we work together to better support children with autism? Shedding light on invisible disabilities Did you know?…
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INCLUSIVE ECD HUBS PILOT PUTS WHEELS IN MOTION FOR SANDILE

Siyakwazi’s Inclusion programme, interventions and resources for children with disabilities is reaching new Ugu areas to support more children than ever before. We met Sandile*(6) when Junior Educare Creche in Murchison signed up to Siyakwazi’s Inclusive ECD Hubs pilot programme. Sandile’s teacher has always been passionate about including children with disabilities at her ECD centre,…
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INCLUSIVE ECD HUBS PILOT PROGRAMME: HOW ‘INCLUSION CHAMPIONS’ WILL HELP RECTIFY UNEQUAL ACCESS TO LEARNING

Siyakwazi is growing! Our latest pilot programme within the wider Ugu district is the start of a new chapter to equip ECD practitioners to carry out the work of Siyakwazi’s Inclusion programme. 2024 brings with it the opportunity to reach even more children with disabilities and their educators in a meaningful and sustainable way. It…
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Overview of 2023

Reflecting on 2023, we are truly grateful for the invaluable partnerships that have helped Siyakwazi grow and thrive. We recognize that these partnerships are essential to all the progress we have made throughout the year. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to every individual and organization that has supported Siyakwazi in 2023. Your contributions have been…
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Equipping Parents and Children: A Week of Learning with Siyakwazi’s Therapy programme

Siyakwazi hosted its second Therapy Block Training for the year at the start of October.   This training provided a unique opportunity for parents to come together, learn, and share experiences as they navigated the world of caring for their children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) and their ongoing developmental challenges. At the start of the training…
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Early Literacy Changes Everything: Building Blocks for Babies

The first 1000 days of a child’s life (birth – 2 years old) are critical in their development. Written by: Bongeka of Thanda organisation According to a Harvard study (2007), brain development occurs rapidly in the first few years of life, before formal schooling even begins, where over one million new neural connections are made every second.…
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My Siyakwazi Experience: Kaizer’s story

Siyakwazi’s fieldworkers are all members of the communities we work in and as such have a unique understanding of the nuances that exist within the environment. Relationships are crucial to supporting the work that we do and having people who parents can connect with and relate to really makes a huge difference in the effectiveness…
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