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EDUPLEX: The creation

In the year 2000 it became clear that to expand the vision of the Foundation, we needed our own training facility in an inclusive school environment and our first project, Eduplex was born.

The Pre-School was opened in 2002 by the late former president Nelson Mandela, the Primary School opened in 2003 and the first grades of the High School in 2011. The 3rd phase of the High School was completed at the end of 2013 and opened by the Executive Mayor of Tshwane Cllr Ramokgopa in February 2014.

Eduplex is a mainstream, parallel-medium school following an inclusive educational programme with separate English and Afrikaans classes, in which deaf and hearing children learn together within facilities custom designed for the specific needs of deaf children. The school places a lot of emphasises on the development of good listening skills, and the differentiated teaching methods ensure that all students reach their own full potential.

The vision and mission

Eduplex serves as a model for inclusive education internationally by offering an extensive curriculum and striving for high academic standards in a fully differentiated programme.

There are currently 680 learners at Eduplex, 80 of whom are deaf. More than half of the deaf learners are from economically disadvantage homes and are dependent on bursaries. The Foundation assists with fundraising initiatives to support these children.

At Eduplex, deaf children are also given optimal support to maximise their learning opportunities as the programme extends beyond academic schooling to include important aspects like: parental guidance, audiological and medical support, maximum use of technology (hearing aids, cochlear implants, FM communication, interactive white boards, etc.) and the training of professionals and students from around the world.

 

When Nelson Mandela opened the Eduplex Pre-School, in March 2002, he said, “What you are doing here is changing tragedy into triumph”. This is indeed the heart of the Eduplex vision. Eduplex is a Christian school with a Biblical world view.


Eduplex can make a difference

Not only in deaf education but in general school education worldwide.

The Foundation would like to invite you to visit Eduplex in Pretoria and experience the life changing work being done by including children with a hearing loss in a mainstream school.

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