Joey en GloriaThe Cheré Botha school was established by Mike and Gloria Botha in 1981 and named in memory of their daughter Cheré who was born on 17 September 1976 with Down’s Syndrome and sadly, died of leukemia on 27 June 1980.

We have come a long way since our early first beginnings. It all started with the birth of Cheré Botha, a little girl with Down ’s syndrome. Cheré’s parents, Mike and Gloria identified a need in the community for infants and toddlers with special educational needs. They initiated a group to provide support to parents and from there the service went from strength to strength.

Gloria later went to the University of Washington to obtain first-hand knowledge on how to go about starting and implementing such a needed, specific service for parents and their children. They started the service and brought together people from different disciplines who could assist parents, train the staff and develop the learners.

Today parents and their children with special needs enroll in our early intervention program and can then continue with the school program to the age of eighteen. From August 2008, the service of the school has been extended to include learners diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

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