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Sinezwi – ‘We have a voice’

On 4 May, Siyakwazi was fortunate enough to host London-based disability rights activist, Lord Kevin Shinkwin. Forty parents from the tribal authority kwaNzimakwe came to hear Lord Shinkwin’s testimony and also share their own stories about living with disability. The event is one of several awareness drives that Siyakwazi has been involved in this year…
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Siyakwazi 2018: A Year in Review

Highlights form our 2018 Annual Report For Siyakwazi, 2018 was a year of many changes and accelerated growth. The introduction of new systems and tools assisted greatly in consolidating the work that we do. It is heart-warming that we have so many individuals and organisations supporting and getting behind what we do. Although we still…
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Celebrating Champions in our Schools Programme

Enkoneni Primary recognised for their excellent Inclusive Learning in 2018 Our School’s programme has continued to grow since its introduction in 2012. Because we are limited by the number of Primary Schools that we work with in Kwanzimakwe our focus lies in the quality of work that we do. This is measured by the number…
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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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