SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND MTN FOUNDATION IMPROVE LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR LEARNERS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES IN KURUMAN
Friday, 22 February 2019

The White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities advocates for equal opportunities, lifelong quality education and the provision of educational support and reasonable accommodation for learners with special educational needs.

In response to the policy priorities in the White Paper, the Deputy Minister of Social Development - Ms Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, in partnership with the MTN Foundation will officially launch an accessible multimedia computer laboratory at the Learamele Special School for learners with intellectual disabilities.

The school currently caters for 146 learners with special educational needs, including attention deficit disorder and epilepsy.

The right to education is a human right enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. However, learners with intellectual disabilities remain out of school and those who attend school often do not have resources that are appropriate to their needs. As a result, learners with intellectual disabilities cannot reach their full potential. 

The partnership between the Department of Social Development and the MTN Foundation seeks to deal with educational barriers by improving learning outcomes for learners with intellectual disabilities through the provision of accessible multimedia computer laboratories with specialised assistive devices that are responsive to their special needs.

Against the backdrop of the fourth industrial revolution, appropriate and accessible technology is a crucial tool that should be utilised to support and improve the quality of life of persons with intellectual disabilities and to enable them to contribution to society. 

Between 2010 and 2011, Learamele Special School was upgraded with a new hostel which accommodates 100 learners and 10 new classrooms.  Learamele is a quintile 5 school.

Deputy Minister Bogopane-Zulu visited the school last year as part of the Disability Rights Awareness Month and committed to mobilise resources that will enhance and improve learning outcomes for the learners.

The official opening of the computer laboratory will be preceded by a dialogue between Deputy Minister Bogopane-Zulu and the parents of the learners at the school.

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the event arranged as follows:

LEARAMELE SPECIAL SCHOOL EVENT
    
Date:     Monday, 25 February 2019
Time:    10h00   
Venue: Learamele Special School, 1259 MM Tshetlho Street, Mothibistad - Kuruman, Northern Cape Province  
 
Media can RSVP by contacting Mr Jaconia Kobue on 063 249 5120 / This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it    or Mr Justice Malapane on 066 480 6849 / This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it      

ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
              
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