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A Sense of Belonging

A Sense of Belonging – Story

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life.

Bandile is a gentle, caring boy and he and Lwazi have been best friends since pre- primary and they often share and spend a lot of time together. “We often get teased by boys and they make fun of how I talk and walk I felt ashamed as though I don’t belong” he said.

Bandile lives with his Grandmother, who is a pensioner and who he adores so much.He often shares with us that he sometimes cooks for his grandmother from the recipes he learned from our Friday cooking classes which he always enjoys and is ready to take part in. Bandile has been with Ethembeni since Grade 1 and has participated in Cooking, Sewing and drama classes. He makes sure he attends every day. Attending Ethembeni Education centre and speaking to us as Education Support workers at the Centre has given him somewhere to turn to when he needs support. His Grandmother can’t help him with his schoolwork so the Education Support centre has helped him make good progress academically as well as in his personal growth. “I feel accepted by my aunties(support workers), they listen to me and offer guidance which helps me feel more confident”. At our centre we do not only focus on academics but we consider that every child is different and has different needs. We strive at making sure every child feels welcome and a sense of belonging in a safe space.

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