Sparrow Schools | Johannesburg
Welcome to Sparrows
In September 1989 Sparrow Schools took up the challenge of providing education to children and young adults aged 6-35 with learning difficulties and disabilities and preparing them for life and the labour market.
Special Education in South Africa
In South Africa, there are very few institutions that care for children and young people with learning disabilities and impairments. The few schools that do exist are usually expensive public schools. Sparrow Schools are mainly financed by donations and school fees. Compared to public schools (approx. 50 – 60 children per class) with a maximum of approx. 20 children, the learning groups are kept rather small.
What you can expect
Depending on your individual interests and abilities, you can apply for a placement at the Foundation School or FET College.
In the primary school you will support the teachers by providing additional supervision, preparing teaching materials, correcting schoolwork and homework, and taking over supervision during breaks. You are also the direct contact person for the children and act as a confidant. Twice a week you will also organise afternoon workshops.
About the project
Similar to the model of German special schools, Sparrow Schools are attended by pupils who cannot be given the opportunity to develop their full potential by conventional schools. The pupils often come from socially weak and/or difficult domestic situations.
Sparrow Schools comprises three schools, the Foundation School from grades 1 – 7, the Combined School from grades 8 – 9 and FET College. The FET College provides young adults with an education in the fields of catering, carpentry or automotive mechatronics. From the Foundation School up to and including FET College, the learning process is supported in order to provide students with a good foundation for their future. In order to be allowed to attend one of the Sparrow Schools, the children and young people are tested in advance. This ensures that Sparrow Schools is the right school to support and encourage them in their particular needs.
What you bring along
- You enjoy working with children and young adults
- You have understanding and patience for children's learning difficulties and behavioural problems
- You are motivated to bring in and implement your own ideas
- You can deal well with stressful situations and show flexibility;
- You may even have experience in dealing with children who need a little more support and an individual approach to learning
- For an application to FET-COLLEGE, experience in the automotive, carpentry or catering sectors is desirable.
students of different age groups