Most schools do not have the capabilities to adequately serve the full spectrum of special educational needs, and the alternative is usually a special needs school. However, there is a gap for children who are high-functioning but require a personal and customised approach to education.
Soar on Wings Like Eagles (“Sowle”) Centre, a non-profit organisation (“NPO”), was founded in 2011 to cater for children with Down syndrome. Over the past eight years, Sowle Centre has grown to accommodate children with special educational needs. To better serve this unique category of learners, the centre partnered with local businesses to offer the individualised education these learners need.
The Steyn Group has played an integral role in the growth of the centre. The group owns several restaurants under the Spur Corporation umbrella, including Santa Rio Spur Benoni, Thunder Eagle Spur Carnival City, RocoMamas Mall@Carnival, RocoMamas Carnival City, John Dory’s Mall@Carnival and Panarottis Carnival City.
Over the past few years, the Steyn Group has provided vouchers and food and assisted with fundraising for the centre. The Full Tummy Fund, administered by The Spur Foundation Trust,
Spur Corporation’s CSI vehicle, supports franchisees to make a meaningful difference in
the communities they serve. The Fund bolstered the Steyn Group’s support of the Sowle Centre by donating occupational and educational equipment.
“We want the children to leave with the skills necessary to find employment, live independently as much as possible, follow their dreams, and soar on wings like eagles wherever they will find themselves in life.”
Jacqui Coetzer, Sowle Centre