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Tshegofatsong Special School in Mamelodi: official hand-over ceremony for the small-scale development project on 24th May 2013

(This article expired 11.06.2014.)

An official ceremony was organized on 24th May 2013 in Tshegofatsong Special School in Mamelodi, to hand over the equipment and material for woodwork and beadwork occupational therapy facilities acquired in the framework of a small-scale development project of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Pretoria. The contribution from the official development co-operation funds of the Czech Republic for this project was 50.000 Czech Crowns (about 22.000 ZAR.)

Tshegofatsong is the only special school in Mamelodi with the number of inhabitants estimated around 1 million persons, many of whom live in informal settlements. The school has currently over 300 learners. Children in Tshegofatsong suffer from various mental and physical challenges, e.g. autism, sight or hearing problems; and they often come from disadvantaged familes and difficult social situations. The Tshegofatsong Special School is a part of the Gauteng school system and receives state financing for its ongoing operations; however there is no financing for the activities in the area of vocational therapy and training, which are much-needed to enable the learners to become eligible for future employment.

The small-scale development project financed through the official development co-operation of the Czech Republic aimed at a contribution to the occupational therapy and training organized in Tshegofatsong Special School with supplies of equipment and material for woodwork and beadwork facilities.

The Ambassador of the Czech Republic in South Africa Ms. Blanka Fajkusova, Principal M. E. Mkhize, the I. D. S. O. (District 4) G. Maphai, guests from Rotary club, teachers and learners from Tshegofatsong and the Embassy staff participated in the hand-over ceremony. The local radio MAMS FM broadcasted a live interview with the Ambassador.  

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