A word from our PRO

Thuthukani Special School is indeed a special place for special kids. By developing and using the CLASSIC as a tool to adapt the curriculum and making it accessible, learners with intellectual disability are educated to their full potential. The challenges and rewards offered at the school ensure that each learner benefits from continuous holistic learning and development. Our focus on inclusion allows our learners to have many diverse life experiences, and because they remain a part of the local community, they are better able to cope with the demands of life in society.

At Thuthukani we do our best to meet the needs of the child with intellectual disability within his family and the greater community. In the Pre-Foundation Phase, Thuthukani offers an education for children with severe intellectual disability, who cannot even cope with the specially adapted curriculum. In the School’s different phases, we educate the children with intellectual disability to be as independent as possible in their communities and once they have completed their education, we either offer an opportunity in sheltered employment or training in a job that has a real chance of generating an income or assistance to the child's family.
As a school, we are proud of our achievements, and we have gained recognition for the work we do for the people with intellectual disability. Our advice and expertise is acknowledged locally, nationally and internationally. We have two recipients of the Paul Harris Fellowship award (a Rotary International award) on staff. Both were recognised for their work with the disabled community.

But at the end of the day...
We educate learners with intellectual disability to their full potential, rather making them fit into a system that does not yet fully cater for their unique needs. Thuthukani Special School is in a position to offer quality, custom-made education for learners with intellectual disability in Zululand, and every day we can and do take a step towards independence for each learner in our very special school.

Tanya Girvin
Occupational Therapist, Head of Department (Pre-Vocational Phase) and PRO.