Welwitchia School for intergrated learning embrace challenges
Welwitchia School for Intergrated Learning has shown tremendous results after reports of closure earlier this year, the school caters for children with barriers to learning, unlocking their potential in order to stay or continue in mainstream schools.
The school has recently relocked to Brakwater, North of Windhoek on 1 july this year.
Welwitchia School helps children who are faced with learning challenges such as dyslexia, autism and cerebral palsy, with the growing number of children faced with these challenges, the Eros premises could no accommodate the learners hence the relocation to Brakwater at the end of the first school term.
Tiensy Dry, Principal of Welwitschia says: “Converting two existing houses into a school fit for our learners, has been a major challenge, particularly considering financial and time constraints, but absolutely worth it. Our learners love the wide open spaces and fresh air which our new premises offer. Yes, there is a lot of dust, and we need more classrooms, ablutions and specialised facilities, but we are grateful that we can make a difference in the lives of 239 learners. And they certainly enhance our lives”. She says while reeling about the special learners and teachers that make Welwitschia unique.
According to the School Board Chairperson, Aileen Botha, the school is embarking on a major fund raising drive to erect more classrooms as school fees are not sufficient to cover the costs of development. Botha said, “Specialised education is more costly because of the higher teacher-learner ratios as well as the cost of specialised equipment, aids and teachers assistants. These costs are compounded further when additional interventions such as physiotherapy and speech therapy for example, come into play”.
She further went on to thank the many stakeholders including the Namibia Construction who cleared the grounds to ensure the safety of the children, and the Ministry of Education who provided the school with valuable input, she also thanked the teachers, the learners and the parents for enduring the transition period. The Welwitchia School is proud of all its accomplishments thus far and aims to continue enhancing many more young Nambian lives.