Charlie Merrow, a Peace Corps volunteer, has been stationed in Phokeng to continue the great work done by his colleague Meisha Robinson during the build-up to the 2012 Special Olympics Africa Unity Cup.
Charlie has been working closely with the schools that were engaged during the build-up and the Unity Cup. On the 20th May, 43 main stream learners from Bafokeng and Charora High School visited Kutlwanong Special School in Phokeng, in the North West Province of South Africa to spend the day with intellectually and other disabled learners. They day included traditional and limbo dancing, a unified soccer match and the opportunity for Bafokeng learners to learn sign language. The day ended with the hand painting of a wall mural to celebrate diversity.
Some of the Bafokeng High School learners shared their experiences:
Dineo Makwene – Grade 10
“Being at Kutlwanong was one of the best days of my life. I learned a lot from the kids there. They showed me love and I felt so welcomed there. I did not know that they were capable of doing things like me but they showed us that just because they are disabled that does not mean they cannot do the same things that we like to do.”
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