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									OUR VISIT TO JONGHELINCKSHOF SPECIAL SCHOOL, ANTWERP BELGIUM: 15 – 27 SEPTEMBER 2011

                    Article by Mrs P. Hadebe, KGVI School, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe




Mrs P. Hadebe the Head of KGVI School and Miss P. Chiramba, a physiotherapist at KGVI Centre and
Mr Hove, lecturer at the United College of Education went on a 10 day visit to Jonghelinkcshof
School in Antwerp, Belgium from 15 to 27 September 2011 on a School Links programme. The visit
was organised and sponsored by VVOB Zimbabwe and VVOB Belgium.
Our host in Jonghelinkcshof was Mrs Anneliese Mariën, the Director of the school. She, her staff
and school warmly welcomed us and the excitement over our visit by both staff and students was
very evident.
Jonghelinkcshof is a primary school for children with learning disabilities, the hearing impaired and
those with autism spectrum disorder. We spent our time at the school observing lessons and
therapies in the classrooms. Activities that happen in both schools were shared and it was pleasing
to note that the two schools have a lot of things in common.
We were also able to visit other institutions that come under KOCA, the umbrella body under which
Jonghelinkcshof school also falls. The visit to Lessens University and KgD teachers’ college was very
fruitful as we discussed among other things attachment of their students at KGVI school.
The visit has served to strengthen the relationship between Jonghelinkcshof, KGVI and the United
College of Education. Students from both KGVI and Jonghelinkcshof have already started
communicating through letters and exchanging photographs. Activities between the two schools
were discussed and agreed on for 2012 and these include amongst others:
      Information exchange about each other’s countries, culture etc.
      Capacity building
      Educational tours
      Joint activities by children e.g. painting and drawing.
      Artefacts and crafts exchange
      Inviting each other for special events
      Exchanging DVDs and pictures
      Sourcing learning and assistive devices for KGVI
      Establishing links between teachers.
In between our official engagements, we were also able to visit places of interest in Belgium and the
Netherlands.
The trip was a great learning experience for us and we established relationships that will be for the
mutual good of our schools. Thank you to VVOB Zimbabwe, VVOB Belgium and Jonghelinkcshof
school for making this trip possible.


                                                                                    10 October 2012

								
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