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e Joburg Blind School

On behalf of the staff of the Johannesburg School for Blind, Low Vision and Multiple Disability Children we would like to welcome you to the website of our school, online since December 2011.

If you feel you can contribute to this website by helping us with valuable content, don't hesitate to contact us. You can also contact us if you have any remarks or question about the Joburg Blind School in general. 

E-mail: Firechildren(at)
011 726 6529

21 February 2018:
Mpilo Mdabe (4) is blind through cancer. He started at our school in 2018. Meeting the Doberman dog called Shadow is therapeutic and is also part of tactile/sensory learning. The good-natured dog is a natural with kind and patient children.

Spaza Shop

Beka has finally decided that rather than let all the misguided members of the public give our pupils rubbish to eat, instead of things that help them to grow healthily, we will allow a once-a-week Spaza shop. No money is used in the shop. The only currency is good behaviour tokens.

These can be for academic excellence, kindness towards others, being polite or thoughtful or helpful towards those who are more disabled than they are, and so on. Weekend volunteers are allowed to award tokens too e.g. for salad design.

The children can save their tokens in the Rosie-Bank for outings for milkshakes with a grownup. Cinema outings with a best friend might also be added to the rewards that they can work towards.

We’d quite like to give them dental bills to settle with their tokens, so that they start to see healthy living from all perspectives. The overweight ones are encouraged to buy fruit instead of chips. All the kids are learning budgeting, mathematics and the advantages of saving from the exercise.

BEKA Grade R Pilot

Beka is piloting a Grade R programme in June 2012 for children from the closest squatter camp who are not in crèche nor in pre-school.

Andile Ndlovu, Nontando Nxele, Therisio Saybok, Bukhosi Kolobeni and Nkgopotse Metsie found the first struggle of schooling to be that they were mostly Setswana-speaking and their teachers spoke isiXhosa and isiZulu as first languages. That’s why it is good to start pupils young and get them used to English as the language of instruction.

The children and their parents were very happy to be given red bags filled with boxes of crayons, a ruler, pencils, pens, pencil sharpener, erasers, a notebook, story books, a box of paints and a brush, some nice drinks to take home, new shirts to wear, warm gloves and to be fetched from their homes and returned by car each day.

For all of them, just the chance to also have a good lunch each day and break-time food as well, made a major difference in Johannesburg’s very cold winter. 

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Blind children doing photography? At our school we don't mind or run away from challenges!

Blind boys can fish! Ofentse, one of our pupils, learns how to fish.

In June 2012 all adults and all children were protected against Trichuris trichiura (whipworm), Ancylostoma duodenale (hookworm), Necator americanus (hookworm), Ascaris lumbricoides (large roundworm) and Enterobius vermicularis (pinworm).

Here is a photo of just some of the kids, teachers and volunteers with their empty packets of Vermox suspension or tablets.

Despite receiving no funds whatsoever from government, we spent some money on this treatment for all on site because we want to prevent any cross-infections that we can.

One of our blind pupils Khanyisile asked to have a photo of her unique hairstyle on the School’s website because she can feel how beautiful she is and wants to share the idea with others

Basheeba and Dikeledi and their ChiFi diet of fresh avocados and prawns!


While our website is still under construction, we want to recommend you to visit the website of our sister charity "Children of Fire" by clicking on the link below.