33.8% of disabled people reach the age of 20 without an education. Less than 1% of children with disabilities or special learning needs are in early childhood development centers across South Africa. The majority of students at the Chaeli Enrichment Centre were deemed “unteachable” due to limited or lack of functional communication abilities. The center employs two educators who are supported by two facilitators. Five of the students have no functional language abilities. The center is modeled on a typical pre-primary school day and runs four days a week. The center also offers on-site therapy where required, including occupational, speech, and physiotherapy, and has designed teaching material to implement in primary schools to address common barriers to learning. The center's educators currently present these modules in various schools, but have prepared teaching materials to enable educators to replicate the teaching of these modules throughout schools in South Africa. Fees for schooling are negotiated according to the economic circumstances of the family and how much they are able to pay. Some students do not pay at all.
The Chaeli Campaign also serves the secondary school community. The Pay-It-Forward Ambassadors Programme seeks to develop a relationship with a group of secondary school students who want to work with The Chaeli Campaign to raise awareness through promoting events in their schools and in their communities. The program also affords students the opportunity to learn about social entrepreneurship and develop their own projects. The students commit to the program for a year and are trained by local facilitators to become agents-of-change in their communities.
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BeneficiariesIndividuals with disabilities
Fees for schooling are negotiated according to the economic position of the family and how much they are able to pay. Some students do not pay at all.
Enrichment Centre: 71% male students 19% female students
Pay-It-Forward Ambassadors: 50% male students 50% female students
Since its founding in 2012, the center's enrollment has grown from 3 students in April 2012 to 7 students in 2013. The center initially ran four days a week from 9:00-12:30, but has since increased the length of the school day to 8:30-12:30. The center has introduced outings as a teaching tool and adapted various learning activities from mainstream schools to suit the barriers to learning present in this unique classroom. A librarian now also visits the students on a regular basis.
The Ambassadors Programme has grown from 1 trainer and 10 students in Cape Town in 2009, to 7 trainers and 111 students in Cape Town, Kimberley, and Bloemfontein in 2013.
The center often has to turn away students owing to space shortage, but the Chaeli Campaign has acquired the funding needed to purchase the adjacent property and hopes to expand the center to open its doors to 30 students in 2014. The Campaign’s vision is of an inclusive early childhood development center: a place of belonging and learning for all children – irrespective of ability. The center would offer on-site therapy where required, including occupational, speech, and physiotherapy. A focus would be on reducing barriers to learning. The Chaeli Campaign is a pioneer in the field of inclusive education and is in the process of rolling out its Inclusive Education Curriculum in mainstream schools in the Western Cape. In ten years, the vision is that the inclusive ECD Centre will be replicated across the provinces, offering learning and development opportunities to all children in South Africa.
The goal in terms of the Ambassadors Programme is to have at least one chapter (between 10-20 ambassadors) in each of the main centers in all nine provinces, with East London being the next immediate focus.
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