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Media Advisory: SAHRC Eastern Cape Provincial Office to conduct a stakeholder engagement on conditional grants for learners with profound to severe intellectual disabilities

Attention: Editors and Reporters
28 September 2022

Learners with severe to profound intellectual disabilities (“LSPID”) have a need to access quality, publicly funded education and support. This is provided for in the (“LSPID”) conditional grant. The purpose of the LSPID conditional grant is to provide the necessary support, resources and equipment to identified special care centres and schools for the provision of education to children with severe to profound intellectual disabilities.

Section 29 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (“Constitution”) provides that everyone has the right to a basic education which must be made progressively available and accessible by the state through reasonable measures. Section 9 of the Constitution further provides that the state must commit to the achievement of equality. The Education White Paper 6 on special needs education from 2001 provides that, the vision and goals outlined in this White Paper reflect a 20-year developmental perspective. The goals entail that inclusive education and training systems will include a range of different institutions, including special schools/resource centres and designated full-service and other schools, public adult learning centres and further and higher education and training institutions.

The adequate, efficient and appropriate allocation of the LSPID conditional grant is intended to ensure an improved access to quality basic education for children with severe to profound intellectual disabilities in conditions that ensure dignity, promote self-reliance and facilitate active participation in the community. It is against this background that the Eastern Cape Provincial Office (ECPO) will hold a stakeholder engagement to unpack the conditions of the conditional grant, the allocation of the conditional grant for the 2022/23 financial year, to ascertain the appropriateness of the curriculum and any challenges experienced in the province.

The stakeholder engagement is scheduled to take place as follows:

Date:   29 September 2022

Venue: Microsoft Teams

Time: 10h00-13h00

The Commission remains vigilant in safeguarding the rights of learners and underscores the need to ensure that learners are able to access education without debilitating circumstances impeding the access to this fundamental right.


For further information, contact the SAHRC Provincial Manager, Dr Eileen Carter @ 043 722 7828/072 638 9016 or email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Advocacy and Research Officer, Zukiswa N Mqakanya @ 043 722 7828 or email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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