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The physical side of working with children with disabilities

Siyakwazi have been fortunate enough to receive support from Grace Hughes Physiotherapy since 2017. Physiotherapy is a critical component of the support provided to the children with disabilities that we work with. Physio services at the local clinic of KwaNzimakwe are intermittent and are only available maximum once a month per child. Since March 2018,…
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Spreading Awareness over the Heritage Weekend

Participation from parents is so critical for preparing children for a successful school career. For children with severe disabilities where attending a mainstream school is not an option, it’s even more important that parents are equipped with the tools and information that they need to successfully support and stimulate their child in the home. With…
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Success in our NCB Programme: Sthelo’s Story

Sthelwesihle Sikobi is 3 years old, he has Congenital Hydrocephaly, a condition whereby a person is born with excessive cerebral spinal fluid on the brain. For many children the barriers experienced because of this condition can both be physical and cognitive. In Sthelo’s case strength and mobility have been major concerns, he is also delayed…
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Our 67 Minutes for Mandela Day

To honour what would have been his 100th Birthday, our team challenged themselves on Mandela Day (18 July 2018) to 67 minutes of active awareness creation amongst parents and caregivers in the community about why #inclusionmatters. Why does awareness matter? Inclusion is not just about a few activities during creche or school time that provide…
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Siyakwazi’s First Holiday Club for 2018

We are so excited about the success of our recent Holiday Club which took place from 25 – 29 June 2018. Over the years we have hosted our Holiday Club to support children’s learning outside of the classroom, promote literacy and numeracy skills, offer a safe space for children to learn, and of course make…
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Celebrating our NCB Programme

Linathi Faku, age 7 years old, was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy in 2012.  He has also been diagnosed with developmental delays. Linathi, like many children with disabilities who live in rural South Africa, is unable to attend a mainstream schooling environment. Linathi began working with Siyakwazi’s Non-Centre Based (NCB) programme in August 2015.  Together with…
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Implementing an Inclusive Learning Model

21 March is celebrated in South Africa as Human Rights Day. It is also celebrated amongst the International Community as World Down Syndrome Day. According to the World Down Syndrome Day website ‘What I bring to my community’ is a key theme for this year’s celebration. We take a look back to an article that…
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Growing Dreams: Siyakwazi’s Resource Centre

Siyakwazi’s Resource Centre has been a lifelong dream of our organisation. A dream conceived even before we had properly established ourselves within the KwaNzimakwe region and formalised our programmes. It is so exciting to finally see that dream grow into a reality. At the end of 2017 we saw Phase 1 of the Resource Centre…
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Early Identification in ECD

With some out of the box thinking and collaboration to kick off 2018, Siyakwazi worked on developing a new early identification tool which will be put into action in the first Term. Our aim is to reach the estimated 5000+ children across ECD centres and Grade R in 2018 and screen for any red flag…
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Siyakwazi 2017: A Year in Review

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2017 ANNUAL REPORT 2017 was a great year for growth at Siyakwazi. Our success would not be possible without the generosity and commitment from so many companies and individuals who assist with funding and make what we do possible. From monthly donations to, collecting waste, to donations for our second-hand shop and…
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