Ithembelihle LSEN School
Ithembelihle (Place of Good Hope) is an apt name for the school, established at the initiative of teachers, to cater for physically disabled learners during the turmoil of the early 90's. These children have different types of physical disabilities such as poliomyelitis, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida., cerebral palsy, amputees, phocomelia, arthrogryposis etc.
The children are being referred to our school by various professionals e.g. doctors, social workers, therapists, teachers and parents. Children are being screened by a multi-disciplinary team and the results are taken to the Ekurhuleni North District for a final decision to be made. Once authorization from district office has been received, a child is either admitted to the school or referred appropriately according to policy.
Ithembelihle is an offshoot of the former J.C. Merkin School in Soweto and was registered under its current name in April 1998. It is a state aided school which means that the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) provides the school with a subsidy. The School Governing Body (SGB) raises the balance of funds required to meet its strategic and business objectives. The school also depends on donations and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and companies to meet some of its financial and other resource needs.
Our school is a boarding school open to all races. We are situated in a tranquil environment that is conducive to teaching and learning of a high standard, in spite of the shortage of educational equipment, funding, physical resources and human resources. This high standard of education is evident from the ease with which our pupils are placed in secondary schools on passing Grade 9 and furthering their studies to institutions of higher learning.
To facilitate the holistic development of the Ithembelihle LSEN School learners, thus enabling, them to become well-rounded members of society, in spite of the challenges they face.