The Foundation for Empowerment through Afrikaans (SBA) is a non-profit organization that focuses on functional literacy development of Afrikaans users, with the ultimate goal of ensuring optimal exploitation of especially young people’s potential in all areas of life.
The SBA annually has a built-in focus on disability with all their empowerment projects. This year it was decided to publish a book for neural challenged learners. The Danish author, Klavs Skovsholm, in 2017, in partnership with the SBA, wrote a beautiful children’s story that is especially for the SBA South African to speak to young readers within the local context – Die Kokerboom / UKhalakhulu . This story has been further expanded into a colouring book and adapted for special education this year. Together with crayons, we are handing out the book to special schools in the Western Cape in the hope that this initiative will contribute to the development of a love of reading, art and creativity among the learners.
Learners who receive the colouring book with crayons as a gift to take home as a Youth Day gift are connected to: Paarl School in Brackenfell, Jan Kriel School, Alta Du Toit Center and Bet-El School in Kuils River, Eros School in Athlone and Agape in Mitchells Square. At the same time, this colouring book and crayons were also donated to the hospital schools at Tygerberg, Groote Schuur, and Red Cross Children’s Hospital.
Photo: The in-pink learners of Paarl School, with SBA Chairperson in yellow (Dr Marlene le Roux and SBA principal in pink jacket (Dr Niel le Roux), and other board members, as well as the principal and SBA staff (left on stage .)
Photo by Siobhan Samuels