Learning curve: Beekman Group Manager Jolene Singh (right) and Director Cindy Allan, visited Cornerstone Learning Centre recently. Showing them around is school principal, Sheryl Mulder with two of the school’s pupils, Evan Bennie and Chiedu Nwankwo.
Care centre receives helping hand
Cornerstone Learning Centre in Marburg is a very special place indeed. The English medium school caters for pupils diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or special needs with developmental delays, which prohibit them from benefitting from mainstream education.
"Cornerstone was born out of a desperate need in the community of Port Shepstone and surrounds," says school principal, Sheryl Mulder. "There is little to no support or understanding of children with autism or developmental disabilities. Families are often at a loss as to where to turn to for help."
She adds that these children can be helped but early intervention is crucial to enable each child to reach his or her full potential. As the famous saying goes, "If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn."
The Beekman Group recently fulfilled several items on the school's wish list, which are already being fully utilised by the school. Director, Cindy Allan, says "Beekman Group's social responsibility team is extremely proud to be associated with Cornerstone Learning Centre."
"Children are our future, no matter their backgrounds or social demographic, and it is up to us to ensure that we give them the tools needed to become all that they can be, because they are the future of our community. Fiona Goldsworthy once said, 'Cherish the children marching to the beat of their own music. They play the most beautiful heart songs'."
To find out how you can help Cornerstone Learning Centre, call 039 685 6467.