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Schooling for learners with visual impairments is in a sorry state. There’s much work to be done. Yet there are good news stories too – and we often have our donors to thank!

One of these positive stories is from Rivoni School for the Blind in Elim, Limpopo. Rivoni has been producing outstanding results for years, without proper classrooms or accommodation for 118 learners.

In 2020, at the height of the pandemic, all 12 Rivoni matrics passed.

Limpopo Premier Chupu Mathabatha was so impressed with the learners and educators that he promised to help. He brought contractors on site to begin work on a purpose-designed school and hostels for Grade R to Matric learners.

When pupils returned to school in February 2021, they found five mobile hostels. These hostels will be home for the next two years while their wonderful school rises from the ground.

Principal Connie Mabaso, who is a valued member of the SANCB Education Committee, is at the helm of Rivoni.

When she arrived at the school, we offered her guidance and assistance in handling Learners with Special Education Needs.

In 2014, Connie introduced Talking e-Books from Tape Aids for the Blind, one of the SANCB’s member organisations.

Two years later, Rivoni’s matric class produced one of Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga’s Top 22 Bright Sparks of 2016. All nine matriculants passed that year: with six bachelor’s passes and three diploma passes.

Connie thanked the SANCB and Tape Aids saying, “We could only do it with your unwavering support.”

With the amazing support of local government, a dedicated team of educators and non-teaching staff – and you! – We’re sure Rivoni will grow from strength to strength.

Thank you for shining a light on education.