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South Africa: Minister Assists Eastern Cape School for Blind
Source: http://www.dcs.gov.za/
Source Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government
Country: South Africa
Created: Mar 20, 2018

The department’s contributions, as outlined by Eastern Cape Regional Commissioner Nkosinati Breakfast, included repainting the learners’ dormitories, fixing bed frames and cutting grass. The SABC donation was R200 000 worth of material that included bed sheets, pillow covers, braille readers and airtime to mobilise other communities and the corporate sector to assist. The SABC also donated 20 braille puzzle games and 20 magnetic story boards.
Minister Masutha said the programme was a platform that was created for others to lend a hand to the good cause of education. He said it also gave offenders an opportunity to give back to the community they have wronged, and in the process regain their self-worth. “This is not only to mobilise resources, but it is to mobilise activism and partnerships of all kinds,” he said. He said the programme will create a safer school environment and better conditions for learning, which will go a long way to demonstrate that, given the opportunity, the blind can achieve the same excellence as any other child.
The South African National Council for the Blind was represented by Mr Chris Budeli, Manager Education, Social Inclusion and Development. He outlined the challenges that blind learners face, in addition from being separated from their parents and families at a young age due to the scarcity of schools for the blind. He announced that a learner, Nathi Golomi, attained four distinctions for the 2017 matric year, and he was awarded the Premier’s Award at the Eastern Cape provincial announcement of matric results. The school had seven matric learners in 2017 and all of them passed.
The DCS Back to School programme is envisaged to reach 1 300 schools nationally and 300 schools in the Eastern Cape.

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