Amasango Career School

Our Mission

We aim to provide a learning environment in which severely socially marginalised children may develop into confident, productive and independent members of society, ready to enter the world of work.
To achieve this, Amasango Career School works to:
• create an environment where children can learn
• teach practical workplace related skills which are linked to the adapted curriculum
• meet the developmental needs of each learner
• inspire self-motivation, confidence, responsibility and self-respect
• practice and teach the Christian principles of love and forgiveness
• develop a holistic approach to each child

Education and curriculum

Amasango Career School offers accelerated bridging education for street children and other young people who have missed years of schooling, with the ideal target of enabling them to return to mainstream schooling in their appropriate age group.
The school offers a primary education (grades 1 to 7) to learners aged six to nineteen, Children are assessed using a baseline test so they can be placed in the correct grade. It is not unusual to find learners with a wide age-range in a class together.
Our initial curriculum is limited to basic literacy and numeracy in the form of English, isiXhosa or Afrikaans, maths, art, life orientation, educational games and pre-school activities to give them the foundation they have never had.
Grade 5 level provides a crash course into the full school curriculum. This can be a very difficult time for slower learners, who may revert to aggressive behaviour as a means of coping with the challenges faced in the classroom.

Extra-curricular

Amasango has an art room and pottery and provides basic music teaching. Working with clay is a recognised form of therapy. Lots of our children seem to have a natural ability and have produced wonderful work.
Sports Day is held in February on a field borrowed from the local university or a school. Amasango children also take part in local athletics competitions. They also take part in local music festivals/activity.
Educational games such as jigsaw puzzles and board games help lay the foundations for academic and social learning. For example, Snakes and Ladders teaches counting, sequencing, waiting for your turn, that a setback doesn’t mean automatic failure and that it’s OK for your friends to laugh at you, which is a very important life skill.

High school and vocational training

After completing their grade 7 exams many pupils progress into mainstream township high schools. Older children, who struggle academically or are not emotionally stable enough to cope with the bigger classes at mainstream schools, benefit more from a skills-based curriculum that prepares them for the world of work.
Limited facilities at Amasango currently mean that the vocational education provision is limited. However, basic computer skill training is available and sewing skills will be taught very soon. The school is hoping to be rehoused in a purpose-built building in the near future in order to provide much better facilities and more vocational training opportunities.

Staff at Amasango

There are 18 educators – that includes the principal, deputy principal and two heads of department .However, a school that caters for children with severe educational and social challenges needs more resources. There are 19 or so support staff, 11 of whom receive honoraria from the Friends of Amasango. They undertake a variety of work including teaching, administration, driving and security work, cooking and cleaning.
Friends of Amasango also fund a full-time learner support worker who
• monitors the progress of past pupils at high school,
• takes care of the medical needs of the children, taking them for sight tests, AIDS tests or other clinical appointments
• administers medicine if appropriate.
• Ensures each learner has ID documents when they are 18.