The DBE has reaffirmed its dedication and commitment towards strengthening Inclusive Education in South Africa. Dr Regina Mhaule, Deputy Minister for the Department of Basic Education, together with KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Mr Kwazi Mshengu, officially handed over 15 buses and wheelchairs to learners with special needs in the KwaZulu-Natal Province. The event took place at Scholar Amoris Special School in Umzinto on 3 September 2020.
In her address, Dr Mhaule said that, “the sector has made significant strides in ensuring that no learner is left behind. However, the outbreak of Covid-19 has put us two steps backwards, resulting in glaring challenges around inequality. Last year, we adopted the mantra that every learner matters. Indeed, every learner matters; that is why we have decided to open the space to allow various education stakeholders, including the private sector, to improve inclusive education in schools.”
Dr Mhaule further added that, “This handover is part of the Sector’s broader programme of equipping schools, including special schools, with the capacity to ensure that learners enjoy the right to a basic education. I would therefore like to take this opportunity to convey our most sincere gratitude to all those who have played a role in making this project a reality for the school, staff, learners and parents. I am looking forward to a continued relationship with them. I am confident that you will look after these resources to increase access to quality education for as many learners with special needs as possible.”
MEC Mshengu acknowledged the efforts made by the DBE in support of learners with special needs. “As a province, we will continue to champion the cause of learners with special needs. A contribution of this nature will go a long way in assisting us to reach out to 74 special schools in the province.”