We are planning expansions to the current buildings. This includes a permanent facility for our therapists, occupational therapist and educational psychologist. In addition we envisage to construct a hall for structured indoor play and stimulation, concerts and other functions.
Unfortunately Pro Gratia does not have a hostel facility yet, but a privately run facility is available. In the meantime, parents have formed lift-clubs for learners traveling from far. Learners mainly come from the Nelspruit area, but also include learners from Barberton, White River, Hazyview, Malelane and Komatipoort.
A transport service is available for parents who find it challenging to bring their children to the Centre personally. Certain pick-up and drop-off points have been identified for parents’ convenience. Further information can be obtained during the registration process or from the Centre’s office.
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Pro Gratia provides aftercare for the Centre’s own learners, but also for learners from outside. The facility is privately run and includes a balanced lunch, snack, tutoring and help with homework, and structured educational play. Further information can be obtained during the registration process from the Centre’s office.
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The learning Centre’s new premises allows for sufficient space for later development of a sports field. Currently no formal extra-curricular activities are presented at the Centre, but learners have access to private lessons in music, photography, dance, swimming, rugby and art. Learners have the opportunity to swim with their class facilitators during the summer months.
Pro Gratia participates in athletic meetings and compete against schools like Kamagugu, Estralita and DASHA.
All applications go through a selection process. This implies a full educational evaluation, whether by Pro Gratia’s psychologist, or an external educational psychologist of choice. In the event of language and speech, or occupational backlogs, a full assessment by these professionals are required. Pro Gratia has therapist’s in both areas. In addition, an observation period of a week is required, during which the prospective learner is evaluated within a classroom environment.
Following the evaluation process and observation period, a parent consultation takes place. If the learner is considered a candidate, registration can commence.
The premises are wheelchair friendly. Pro Gratia does not cater for learners who are completely deaf or blind, but we do accommodate learners with hearing aids and poor sight. We also cater for learners with the following challenges or disabilities, among others:
Language Developmental Delays
Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
The education mediums at Pro Gratia are English and Afrikaans. Leaners are placed into class groups according to their language preference. All planning, preparation, communication and assessment is conducted according to the specific language medium of each class.
Learners are placed according to their cognitive ability, language preference, age and emotional development.
Pro Gratia provides a stimulating learning environment for learners from the age of 5 years. The focus is mainly on learners with a below-average, borderline and cognitively challenged intellectual capacity. There are three streams:
1. Autistic learners and learners with prominent language developmental delays.
2. Academic learners, whether they are main stream or LSEN learners.
3. Life skills learners suitable for protected labour, instead of the open market.
4. Skills Training – NQF level 1.
Pro Gratia attempts to place learners who have reached an academic ceiling but possess social and emotional attributes, in a working environment where they may follow an in-service-training.
Learners who are not suitable for the open market, but would be better suited to labour in a protected environment, are accommodated at Pro Gratia and work opportunities are
created in house. Pro Gratia is aim is to accommodating these learners into adulthood in a safe, structured environment.