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When learning new skills, disabilities are not obstacles

Professor Hlela, one of the students on The Domino Foundation’s Skills Development programme, exploring the world with little learners at The Crystal Springs Creche in Lidgetton. Picture: Supplied

Five young people on The Domino Foundation’s skills development programme have faced various challenges, not least of all the disabilities which have put certain academic achievements beyond their reach. However, each displays a tenacity and desire to step beyond their disability and reach out and care for others.

The foundation’s skills development initiative is helping them to get a training in child-care assistance through Khulisani, a Qualifying Small Enterprise (QSE) which trains and creates employment for people living with a disability. The WHO, in a statement on “User empowerment in mental health”, defines that empowerment as “the level of choice, influence and control that users of mental health services can exercise over events in their lives”.

Nobuhle Ndlovu, who heads up skills development at Domino, said, “It warms my heart to see these young people determined to surmount the obstacles in their lives.”

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The students are in a one-and-a-half month skills programme covering the key elements of early childhood development and the fundamental skills to turn around education and, consequently, peoples’ lives in South Africa. One of the quintet, Silindokuhle Sibisi, was enthusiastic about the course: “We love the little children and we are learning so much about how to care for them.” She said that she particularly is enjoying learning how to use playtime so that they learn at the same time.

The five students under the Domino Foundation’s skills development programme are learning the key elements of early childhood development (ECD).

Professor Hlela, the sole male in the group, who is applying and further developing the skills he is learning at Cystal Spring creche in Lidgetton, added, “I am expecting my child to be born soon and learning about safety and how to feed babies is important to me”.

Prospective employers

Ziningi Msimang, a facilitator at Khulisani, commenting on how well the students are doing, said, “They will be completing their studies soon and we would love to see each one of them in a rewarding job, where they can use what they have learnt through Khulisani. If prospective employers wish to offer them positions, Khulisani can provide coaching and mentoring support services including sensitisation workshops and accessibility audits.”

She can be contacted through Nobuhle (skills@domino.org.za/031 563 9605), and will be happy to give information on the programme.

**The Domino Foundation is a registered NPO and PBO based in Durban with a desire to see individuals and communities within SA living in dignity, justice, hope and purpose. Through eight focused community transformation initiatives, Domino directly impacts the lives of more than 13,500 individuals daily, across KZN.

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SA youth should be able to #LiveLimitless