EC Education Empowering Learners with Autism

The Eastern Cape Department of Education MEC Fundile Gade, accompanied by the Premier of the Province Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane are visiting O.R Tambo Coastal for the outreach programme, Taking Inclusive Education to the people in the basic education centre at Manzabila Primary School in Port ST Johns. The outreach programme embarked on the emphases of the centrality of Inclusive Education embracing and endowing people with disabilities.

Bonke ngabethu, was the theme at Manzabila in O.R Tambo coastal where MEC Fundile Gade said, “Taking Inclusive Education to the people, it responds to the Bill of Rights as tabled in chapter 2 of the constitution of South Africa, that every learner has a right to education irrespective of learning barriers, age and gender.”

The Department of Education are here today to start a school for the needs of our children that are living with autism in essence the department is committed to ensure that any disabled learner has access to education.

As a department, we are in the process of ensuring that we find a better approach in responding to social ills of the past, in that context we are bridging the gap among civilizations. Gade concluded by saying, “this dream cannot be realized without the collaboration of the departments as well as stakeholders as government having a task of taking service delivery to the people, said Gade.”

Luhlathi Kakule, the acting principal at Manzabila Primary School described the programme as a great initiative, considering the school conditions since it was in Section 33, therefore the school qualified for rationalization and realignment project.

We, as the Manzabila Village we no longer in the shade but taking Inclusive Education to the people it has brought light and hope to the people of O.R Tambo coastal everyone is happy about the programme, said Kakule.

Nobahle Madolo, a parent of the Autistic child received and acknowledged the programme as a great project, “there was a lack of Autistic schools around the area, so we had to look in other districts for our children to get special schools.”

It will assist many around the community since there were a lot of challenges and most of them all are required to pay for school fees whilst we are unemployed and we also in a disadvantaged location which happen to lack resources.

Therefore, we thank the department of education for opening a school for Autistic pupils in our area, now we are no longer in the shade we are in the light.

Source: Eastern Cape Department of Education