We strive to integrate care and education into our approach. The SEAL Academy Life Skills Programme is a support programme that is customised for an improved quality of life.
Imagine a safe space where students can strengthen their bodies and achieve an increase in concentration and flexibility. A space where they will develop coordination, and reduce stress and anxiety. A space to develop awareness of emotions and of others.
Liza Hall is the Mom of Matthew, a young boy with down syndrome and the inspiration for SEAL. Sandy Drew is an experienced teacher, with over 25 years, in both mainstream and special needs eduction. Sandy was also Matthews former teacher.
Besides the shortage of decent and affordable special needs schooling available to parents and children in the North Durban area, Liza and Sandy felt a great need to develop an exciting and creative programme for special needs children. From a need and a wish, a little seed and idea grew into a fully grown concept virtually overnight.
Exciting, Creative, Learning
” We are both passionate about this initiative and are committed to providing exciting and creative learning opportunities, with appropriate support for all participants to to develop the necessary skills, attitudes and values to enable them to fulfil meaningful and effective roles in society.”
Our mission is to develop social, expressive, artistic and learning opportunities for children. We aspire to facilitate children in reaching their full potential in whatever individual talents, gifts and special capabilities they can.
Our aim is to empower children with with self-confidence and feelings of self-worth. To create awareness of Down Syndrome and the importance of community education and involvement. To banish the stigma of special needs children and have them included as active participants and citizens in our communities. And to provide support for parents.
All children want to feel loved, included and accepted. There is a particular beauty that special needs children and adults have to offer society. Being a little different Is Ok – It’s Just Different!!
First Newspaper Interview
The Northglen News, 3 April, 2017
First Radio Interview
East Coast Radio Interview, 3 April, 2017