Special Needs School

Amathemba means ‘our hope’ in the Xhosa language – one of South Africa’s 11 national languages. We opened Amathemba in 2010 to address the educational needs of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) who, as a result of cognitive, behavioural and emotional difficulties, cannot cope within the mainstream educational system. It is one of only a few schools in South Africa catering for the special needs of FASD and neurologically challenged children.

At Amathemba, our trained teachers, therapists and support staff provide language, literacy, numeracy, life skills and social skills from the core curriculum, which consists of different learning programs carefully chosen and tailored to our children’s specific needs.

From the outset, each child’s specific needs are identified in an individualised education plan (IEP), which is constantly adapted as the child develops. This individualised approach to learning ensures the child is prepared for either integration into a mainstream academically focused curriculum or a vocational curriculum with the aim of obtaining vocational employment.

The progress that the children attending Amathema School are making is truly remarkable. We are immensely proud of our students, some of whom were deemed to be uneducable by mainstream schools, but have shown steady improvement and, against all odds, are now reading and writing.

Every child with special needs should have the right to access education. Help us make this a reality by setting up your donation TODAY!

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Foster Care

Foster Care

We provide children in need with a home as close to a family environment as possible, where a solid foundation can be laid, giving them the best chance in life to achieve their full potential.


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Special Needs school

Special Needs School

We opened our Amathemba School in July 2010 - one of only a few schools in South Africa catering for the special needs of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and neurologically challenged children.

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Support for Family and Care-givers

Support for Family & Care-givers

We provide support to the families and care givers of those affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) through our mentor and parent support programme (MAPS).


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Raising Awareness

Raising Awareness


We are raising awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) amongst professionals and educating them on working with people who suffer from the condition.


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