A wide range of hand-crafted items manufactured through skills such as bricklaying and welding by learners at Siviwe School of Skills in Gugulethu, was on display on Saturday during open day.This was to showcase the hard work of the learners and their craft, and scores of people turned up to witness some of the finest designs.Siviwe, formerly a public school, is now referred to as a school for learners with special needs.It is to their determination that the learners can produce such products, as people with disabilities face a lot of discrimination from the society. Stalls were set up all over the place, depicting braai stands and cooking pots carved out of steel drums.The effort was intended to sell their wares to the general public, and they garnered a lot of support on the day.Other stalls included included those selling clothing, woodwork, welding, bricklaying, hospitality and hair care. Principal Yolanda Lupondo said “the aim is to showcase their talent to the community, thus giving them the opportunity to buy(wares). “We are selling all the products our learners produced in the course of the year.With the profits, we intend buying music equipment like marimba and build a shelter for learners during rains,” she said. She said they always encourage learners to be entrepreneurs when they finish school. Lupondo said the market day was an annual event. “The school has been marginalised by the community for many years. People were felt ashamed of sending their kids to come and study here. So, by having this market day, we want people to see the great job done by the same learners that they are discriminating (against),” she said.“Some of them are slow learners or persons with learning difficulties. We do accept learners from the age of 14 years old, to start in years one and four.”After their term is over at Siviwe, Lupondo said the learners are then placed in learnerships or colleges to acquire more skills.Lupondo said she was highly impressed with her lot as the displayed natural flair and creativity.Neliswa Makaluza, a parent, heaped high praises to the school for doing a great job upskilling the children.“Before my son came here, he had difficulty to express himself. He would take time to respond to things, but now I can see some improvement in his communication skills,” she said.Makaluza said the educators are also supportive, as most of the kids start at local schools, and after detection that they have learning challenges, are then referred to Siviwe.Siphosethu Batyashe, 18, a learner who is doing bricklaying and is in Year Four said the school has helped them.