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2017-02-23 06:00
Thabo Manganeng, circuit manager of circuit 3 Metro East Education Department, speaking during the Epilepsy awarness campaign, at Sobambisana Primary School, Khayelitsha, on Monday.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Thabo Manganeng, circuit manager of circuit 3 Metro East Education Department, speaking during the Epilepsy awarness campaign, at Sobambisana Primary School, Khayelitsha, on Monday.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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Epilepsy SA in partnership with Social Development and Early Childhood Development hosted an Epilepsy awareness programme, at Sobambisana Primary School, in Khayelitsha on Monday.

This was part of national Epilepsy week which started on 13 to 17 February.

Natashe Daniels, social development manager for Epilepsy SA, said the aim of the event was to raise awareness to learners and residents about the stigma surrounding Epilepsy and also to ensure that those who live with it are not discriminated against.

“There is a lot of stigma around Epilepsy. Some people still believe a person who has Epilepsy is bewitched. They are all like us and they lead a normal life like any other people,” Daniels said.

The event was also supported by various organisations such as Sacla Health Project, Rape Crisis, Sanca, South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (SANCA) and Cape Mental Health.

Thabo Manganeng, circuit manager of circuit 3 Metro East Education Department, said the department is busy rectifying the issue of schools infrastructures that are not easily accessible to learners with disabilities.

“We are aware that there is still a challenge of inclusive education whereby some of our infrastructures are not easily accessible by learner with disability. The infrastructures that are not friendly to learners with disability are those that were built prior 1994 at most. It is not nice for a learner to leave his or her friends to for a school far from them which can accommodate his or her needs. All schools should be able to accommodate learners regardless of their disability. Learners with disability should be treated equally to those that do not have disability,”

Mvuyisi Damba, school principal said it is a good thing to raise awareness about Epilepsy.

“It is a sensitive issue and we need to raise awareness about it. We do have learners who have Epilepsy in schools so we need to destigmatize other learners so they will not discriminate them. It is a very important tool and it goes beyond learners to the community at large. Learners with disability should be accepted as any other learners and not be rejected,” Damba said.

There were about 500 learners in Grade 6 and 7 who attended the awareness campaign on the day.

Mnoneleli Ndlangalavu, of Sanca, said there were there to show their support for the campaign which is raising awareness about Epilepsy.

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