From 2001 to the end of 2009 CREATE has worked on a number of different inclusive education projects for the national Department of Education as well as the KwaZulu Natal Department of Education. CREATE was involved in the initial pilot study of inclusive education in three districts of South Africa which was funded by DANIDA. In the pilot study CREATE worked with parents, learners and educators to raise awareness of inclusive education and to change attitudes.
In subsequent projects, CREATE has worked with a variety of stakeholders including Department of Education officials, educators, therapists, class assistants, therapy assistants, hostel parents and school governing bodies at district level and at full-service and special schools. Some of the activities CREATE has been involved include materials development, training and classroom support.
CREATE took over the two-year CBR course to train mid-level community rehabilitation facilitators from the IUPHC in 1999. In 1998 the IUPHC received the World Health Organisation’s Sasakawa Prize in part for this course. Between 1999 and 2006 CREATE trained approximately 55 community rehabilitation facilitators for the Department of Health and various NGOs in KwaZulu Natal, Gauteng, North West and Namibia. The training was accredited by the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
Working with Child and Youth Care Workers
In 2008 CREATE worked with the National Association of Child and Youth Care Workers (NACCW) to orientate their child and youth care workers from 25 sites around the country to include disabled children in their work with vulnerable children. Following this, CREATE developed a course (learning programme) based on 4 unit standards which was used to train 36 child and youth care workers to work with disabled children in their communities. CREATE was responsible for developing the materials and curriculum
Disability Inclusion for Oxfam Partners
At the beginning of 2012, Oxfam Australia approached CREATE to assist five of their partner organisations based in KwaZulu-Natal viz; Woza Moya, Fancy Stitch, Maputaland Development and Information Centre, Tholulwazi Uzivikele and Save the Children KZN who were being funded for projects related to water, sanitation and hygiene, to become fully
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- Disability awareness-raising workshops were held for staff at each partner organisation
- Woza Moya built ramps and an accessible toilet at their premises following the intervention
- Disability inclusion is on the agenda with partners in South Africa at all Oxfam Australia events.
From 2012 to 2015 CREATE continued to work with organisations funded by Oxfam in South Africa, initially training staff and home-based carers at Woza Moya and Tholulwazi Uzivikele to include people with disabilities in their work. Fancy Stitch and the municipality in Ingwavuma were encouraged to build accessible public toilets. Our work will also include workshops and interaction with Oxfam to get their own organisation