The Open Air School in Durban is the oldest special needs schools in South Africa. They received a wonderful donation which provided the school with new technology!
The Open Air School lies nestled in the suburb of Glenwood in Durban, surrounded by its neighbours, Glenwood High School and Glenwood Junior Primary School. It caters for approximately 260 learners, from pre-primary to grade 12, providing education to children with Special Educational Needs.
Open Air School plays a vital role in educating physically challenged youngsters, empowering them to become independent, well-adjusted people, contributing to the enrichment of South African society.
Embracing the school motto, “I can and I will”, the learners persevere and many go on to excel in academics, sports and cultural activities. Open Air boasts present and past learners who have gone on to compete provincially, nationally and internationally in various sporting codes.
Recently, some of the kids and teachers from the school created an incredible music with Gary Nixon from The Kickstands to help raise money.
Recently the school received an amazing donation from Correll Tissue, the tissue paper manufacturing entity of Novus Holdings. They gave the school a much needed cash injection.
The school used some of the funding to purchase much needed computer equipment.
“When we as a Group established the Future Foundations initiative, our main aim was to make a sustainable difference by focusing on education and skills development,” says Wilhelm Jooste, General Manager at Correll Tissue.
“The Open Air School aligns to these values and we are humbled to be able to alleviate some of the challenges that these learners face daily,” adds Jooste.
The school takes students from all over, it has a school term hostel for students that cannot travel to and from home on a daily basis.
Our learners follow a normal academic curriculum, with educators employing innovative and imaginative methods to adapt to the diverse needs of the learners. Instruction is in English. Learners can choose either Afrikaans or Zulu for their second language option.
We offer three skills-based training classes for the learners who need to learn skills rather than achieve academically.
The school encourages every student to participate, as participation is more important than winning or being the best. The computers will come in handy with creating computer literate students.