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27 October 2015

SA special needs education in the spotlight

Like all other learners, children with disabilities have a right to quality basic education. It is therefore disheartening that close to 500 000 children with disabilities are not attending school in South Africa. Statistics South Africa’s 2013 general household survey indicates that 67% of these children report severe disabilities and require placement in special schools.

“Learners who are unable to use some of the body parts impacts on their ability to receive normal education,” says Jacques Rossouw, Chairman of New Hope Trust. “Special facilities are required to ensure these learners receive the education they deserve to ensure they can fulfil their place in society. Our Hands of Hope day aims to address these issues.”

The first Hands of Hope day takes place on 30 October 2015.

Hands of Hope day calls on young and old to participate in a campaign aimed at raising funds for the New Hope Trust, a non-profit organisation that supports Education Centers who focus on special needs education in South Africa. One such Education Center is New Hope School who focus on the education and training of learners with cerebral palsy, permanent physical disabilities, metabolic disorders or syndromes, traumatic brain injuries as well as specific learning disabilities.

“New Hope Trust addresses the toughest issues facing our schools,” says Rossouw. “As an independent and non-profit organisation, the Trust objectively weighs and then champions those educational strategies that foster innovation, promote excellence and produce results.”

How can I participate?
Participating is easy. Simply paint your one hand green, the other blue and press your hands on a piece of paper, adding #HandsOfHopeSA. Pledge R10.00 and share your artwork online. Dare your friends to the same! Banking details can be found at

“Support of our campaign is essential so that we can continue to ensure that new and promising initiatives find a place in our classrooms and make a lasting difference for our children and their future,” says Rossouw.

Video caption: Let the world know that because disability doesn't discriminate, opportunity shouldn't either. Participate in ‪#‎HandsOfHopeSA on 30 October 2015

Jeremiah 20:13 - "Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the LORD: for he hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers."

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