Mary Harding School (ZAF-22)


Type: Youth, Education, Disabled - Country: South Africa

Brief description and main aims

Mary Harding School caters for children with learning difficulties (Afrikaans and English medium). Learners enter the school at 6 and leave when they are 18 years. They go to protective workshops, sheltered employment or where possible, employment in the open labour market.
 
The aim of the educational programme is to maximize independence, productivity and produce learners who are well adjusted to themselves and the community. The school follows a curriculum that is adapted from the National Curriculum Statements. Our focus is on Life skills, Functional Literacy and Functional Numeracy.
 
Mary Harding School provides specialized education for 310 learners who come from all over the Western Cape. Learners are referred to the school by the Western Cape Education Department, Hospitals and private healthcare practitioners. The learners at Mary Harding School have severe to moderate intellectual impairment. As a result of their intellectual needs, learners require intense human resource intervention with staff being quite diversified in terms of specialist training. Often learners present with co-morbid (additional) conditions such as epilepsy, hyperactivity, autistic traits and other psychological conditions.

Main Activities

Some of the project's main acvitivies include:
  • Special Education Programme
  • Functional Curriculum
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Medical Support
  • Parent / Guardian Support

Volunteer tasks

Depending on the age group that the volunteers are assigned to, they will assist with feeding, bathing, dressing, changing nappies, educational activities, accompanying children on outings and hospital appointments.
Volunteers will not be teaching during class time.

Volunteer requirements / Skills

The voluteer should:

  • speak English and be willling to learn
  • Afrikaans
  • preferably be 23 years old or older
  • be passionate about working with youth
  • be versatile and flexible
  • create projects and assist  school events
  • have strong communication skills and open minded to learn
  • have computer and administration skills

Location

Athlone , Cape Town.

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