Capricorn District Municipality on 06 February 2019 reached out to learners with disability at Botlokwa in Molemole to promote the wellbeing of learners with disabilities. This was in celebration of the District Disability Rights Awareness Day.
The event was held at Botlokwa Special School, which has an enrolment of 215 learners with special cognitive and intellectual needs between the ages of 6- 21 years.
The school is one of many in the district that prepares these learners to be part of society and use their skills for their livelihood. Teachers, support staff and volunteers help each other in delivering the curriculum which includes communication, language, life skills, cognitive and perceptual skills, technical and occupational skills in creative arts, agriculture, consumer studies, hairdressing, ICT and other disciplines.
“With the support we get from all stakeholders, we are making advances”, says principal of Botlokwa Special School, Cooky Mehale, highlighting that challenges of infrastructure such as hostel and classrooms hold the school back.
MMC Cllr Monica Mohale said the district is committed to ensuring that learners with special needs enjoy the same rights and protection as everyone else as guaranteed by the Constitution. “We also have to speak against all forms of abuse of people with disabilities”, said Mohale.