It’s a sad reality, but people with special needs are often pushed aside and asked to fend for themselves. But in George, Western Cape, things are a little different. Up with down is a special school that teaches handicapped children and young people practical skills.
According to Good guy, the school has 21 learners and 17 adults in its training center. While the primary focus of the school is on imparting basic education (e.g. literacy and life skills), the training center is about developing the life skills of young adults, which include cooking, baking and sewing.
Jan Seegmüller, director of the center, heard of an opportunity to put the young adult’s culinary skills to the test. Seegmüller turned to a local soup kitchen in the hope that they could do something good for the community and at the same time prove their skills in the kitchen.
Tanya Holtzhausen decided to share her thoughts on this incredible initiative:
“Our little school, the Up with Down’s Center for learners with special needs in George, has started a program in their training center that cooks 20 liters of soup every week for a soup kitchen for the nearby community of Blanco.
It is the turn of each class (of which there are only five) to donate the ingredients and help prepare the soup. ” She testifies.
Holtzhausen is incredibly proud of this little school and all that the learners have achieved, and continues to applaud their efforts to make their community a better place.
“I am very proud that our small school with learners who face many challenges themselves has found a way to change the lives of others while giving our children a sense of achievement and self-worth. Other small centers can really learn from Up with Down! ”
If you want to know more about this amazing school and its initiative, visit them website.
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