GONZAGUE PIERRE LOUIS
SPECIAL LEARNING CENTRE,
REPUBLIC of MAURITIUS.
Tel/Fax: (0230) 8320 120
The Gonzague Pierre Louis Special Learning Centre, administered by the Trevor Huddleston Association, is a privately run school in Rodrigues for children who, due to certain learning difficulties, are unable to benefit from the formal education offered by their local primary school.
THE STORY -BACKGROUND
The Centre, which opened in 1994, accepts children, aged between 3 and 13 years, who have a severe/ profound hearing loss, a severe visual impairment, serious speech and language problems, or learning difficulties. They attend daily, and, in small groups, are taught basic Maths, French, Geography and Science as well as Computer, Handcrafts, Music and Drama, sports, etc. The children are provided with whatever equipment they require to help them develop academically. (E.g hearing aids, glasses, text enlargers, etc) They are also given uniform, shoes, tracksuits, and raincoats; all their school equipment; and a cooked lunch is served to all every day. A van is provided, partly funded by the Rodrigues Commission for Social Security, to transport those children who are unable to travel unaccompanied to and from school.
Several older pupils return each year to join our ‘training scheme’, designed to provide the trainees with income-generating skills which can be carried out at home since the Care Co workshop is no longer able to absorb our school leavers. Computer skills, bee-keeping, production of articles from coconut, and kitchen crafts are taught as well as needlecrafts for the girls and we hope eventually to be able to set up some if not all of these teenagers with equipment to start a small business for themselves.
THE POSITION NOW
In January 2011, we had 50 pupils, of whom 13 have a severe/profound hearing loss; 5 have visual impairments; 7 have speech and language problems; 9 are epileptic; and 16 have learning difficulties. There are 18 in the pre-primary group.
As the majority of our pupils come from families with no regular income, no fees are requested from the parents.
All the equipment, stationary and books are financed by private donation, given either to one individual child, for a specific project, or to the Centre as a whole.
Even the smallest of donations allows us to help them with their everyday requirements, e.g. batteries for their hearing aids, clothing, and lunch, as well as the more expensive necessities of spectacles and hearing aids.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP
We rely on your generosity to give these children, and their families, hope for the future.
YOUR CSR CONTRIBUTIONS ARE URGENTLY SOLICITED.
Director: Mrs Susan Auguste.
Tel/Fax: (0230) 8320 120