Compuscan Academy: Visit to Noluthando School for the Deaf
The National Month of Deaf People takes place during September each year in South Africa. Most deaf people in our country have little or no access to proper resources and support structures to facilitate their learning.
According to Census 2011: Profile of persons with disabilities in South Africa, 3.6% of the South African population has some form of hearing impairment. The South African Constitution states that all children have the right to education. However, learners with disabilities are often marginalized and find it difficult to find schools that cater to their needs.
In fact, Census 2011 found that individuals with severe difficulties (for example, those with profound hearing loss) have the worst educational outcomes. The census found that only 5.3% of these individuals had attained higher education, while 23.8% had no formal education. Only 24.6% of people with severe disabilities had some primary school education.
There are a few more than 30 schools for the deaf situated across South Africa, with just over half a dozen in the Western Cape alone. One of these is the Noluthando School for the Deaf. Noluthando School for the Deaf is situated in Khayelitsha, with over 300 learners aged 3-18 years. The school caters especially for children with hearing impairments, but also has an Autism Unit as well as a Skills Training Section. While the learners come from various communities, the majority of learners are from Xhosa-speaking families.
The school’s dedication to educate deaf learners as well as those who experience barriers to their academic and vocational training is phenomenal. The manner in which they prescribe to the principles of equal opportunity is an inspiration to others. Noluthando School enables these learners to experience improved quality of life, and encourages them to help themselves to the best of their ability, in order to participate fully as members of society.
On 21 September 2017, Compuscan Academy was privileged to spend a short time visiting the school. Compuscan Academy, an accredited skills development and training provider, believes in enabling its learners to continuously develop and perform. Staff members from the Academy presented learners from Noluthando School with much-needed stationery, folders, bags, as well as caps.
Karlien Loubser, the Marketing Coordinator at Compuscan, commented on the experience, “Visiting Noluthando was humbling and inspiring. This is not only a school – there is an entire centre which caters for individuals with various disabilities, teaching them vocational skills and training them in various life skills. They don’t have much, but they utilise what they have to produce incredible results. I am so grateful that we could do something small to assist these wonderful learners.”
Compuscan and Compuscan Academy will continue to invest in uplifting the various communities in which they operate, and they hope to encourage the same sense of social responsibility in other businesses.
“If you’re not making someone else’s life better, then you’re wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other lives better.” – Will Smith