EDSA Foundation kicks off its first inclusive education project with Club 21.
9 July 2019, Club 21, Centurion, Gauteng.
The EDSA Foundation provides weekly Early Childhood Development and STEM Educational programmes to 41 Down Syndrome children at Club 21, Centurion, Gauteng.
Club 21 Learning Centre is a non profit learning centre which specialises in the education and development of people with Down syndrome. There is currently no institution in South Africa that caters exclusively for the education and development of children with Down syndrome. Only a small percentage of children with Down syndrome have the ability to be successfully included in the inclusive system of education in South Africa.
With this initiative, their goal is to promote great opportunities for those in need. With access to the right resources, people can become empowered by their own abilities and gain the confidence to fulfill their potential.
2019 classes were sponsored by various companies and individuals within the community and Charl du Toit from The Success Academy has sponsored the classes in full for 2020.
After running a workshop at the school, seeing the benefit and excitement in their faces from learning through play, the EDSA Foundation decided to make Club 21 their first special needs project. A special needs child requires much more assistance on a physical, emotional and financial level which made this decision that much easier.
The EDSA Foundation offers a unique edutainment curriculum, which not only enhances and develops early childhood skills required but also teaches basic scientific principles and complex subjects in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through the use of games.
The foundation believes that every child in South Africa should have the opportunity to get exposed to better education which will build a better future for South Africa, despite their socio-economic status, background or physical and mental ability.
STEM programmes are the perfect platform to provide this knowledge and experience that would otherwise be unattainable to some of these children.
Club 21 is so excited to be included in projects like these through the foundation and are so proud to have a select group of students passioante, excited, growing and wanting more.
The benefits to the school are not only educational, but are encouraging these students to really start expanding their horizons, and to start looking ahead to their life as adults with a head-start in the 4th Industrial Revolution. Benefits are also evident in the improvement of problem-solving skills, development of spatial vision and fine motor skills as well the ability to communicate feelings and thoughts of creativity, joy, frustration and ideas effectively.
The EDSA Foundations’ mission is to provide educational services to the poor and needy in South Africa; promote and support Early Childhood Development; promote and support learning and education in the STEM fields; provide fun and exciting STEM educational programmes; and to train people from the community to conduct the programmes.
To get involved with the EDSA Foundation, contact us directly by clicking here!