Agra donates to Môreson Special School for the Cognitively Impaired
Agra donates to Môreson Special School for the Cognitively Impaired.
Published: 09 Dec 2019
Agra is rooted in the people of Namibia and as such, has always been focused on reinvestment into agricultural activities, which ultimately contribute towards the upliftment of Namibian communities.
The Môreson Special School for the Cognitively Impaired, which caters for about 170 intellectually disabled learners from all over Namibia, is one of only two government schools in Namibia providing education and training to learners with these types of impairments. The School is part of the National Institute for Special Education (NISE) Campus in Khomasdal in Windhoek and Agra has proudly supported the school over the past five years.
On Tuesday, 17 November 2020, Agra sponsored an amount of N$20 000 to the school. Anita Kreft, principal at the Môreson Special School, expressed how important these donations are: “The donation will be used to buy seeds, fertilizers, gardening equipment and feed for the livestock,” says Anita.
The school harvests fruit from their garden to make jams and confectionary spreads, which they sell to the public. The animals that are kept on the premises are used for therapy for the children. Farm animals are widely used with great success in the treatment of a number of cognitive based impairments, including psychological trauma, stress and mental disabilities. Mrs. Kreft has many testimonies of how this has helped the children at Môreson, including a story of a child who they thought was deaf-mute, but who started speaking after a period of with the on-site goats.
Môreson meets the needs of learners with intellectual disabilities; Cerebral Palsy, Pervasive Development Disorders (PDD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Down Syndrome (DS), as well as any other neurological impairments and/or behavioural disorders. Most of these learners come from very poor families and disadvantaged communities. Some of the children are orphans, often abused and neglected, but at Môreson they are taught to become more independent and self-reliant.
Intellectually impaired learners who complete their schooling are often left with limited options in their quest to seek employment. The social impact of this is often highly discouraging. Currently there are no support structures available in Namibia specifically focused on intellectual impairment. Nationally, this marginalized group has not been included in creative developmental programmes to bring stability, strength and support to their lives. Furthermore, this group is not being included to participate and contribute towards the country’s economy and socio-economic growth.
Môreson understands the value and potential that graduates could offer to their immediate communities, as well as the greater Namibian society, and so their staff began a pilot programme – MDS (Môreson Diversified Services) – to cultivate an optimal environment to develop learners/trainees specifically for Namibia in a Namibian way. Learners now have the opportunity develop skills for specific occupations once they finish the programme, with the hope that the business community will see the value of these individuals and employ graduates of the programme.