G.U.D. Holdings brings colour to life for deaf learners

Fulton School for the Deaf in Durban, celebrated the official opening of their new Sensory Room on 16 March 2018 amongst G.U.D. Holdings Executives, guests, staff and learners.

The Sensory room is a learning environment equipped with a range of stimuli such as lights and soft play toys to help the Foundation Phase learners develop and engage their senses through sensory processing and sensory integration.

The new facility also includes a Sensory Garden featuring a sand pit, a variety of plants and textured outdoor elements to interact with. “Learners should be allowed access to learning through multi-channel strategies. Deaf learners, in particular, require tactile and visual learning environments,” says Bronwyn Bouwer, Deputy Principal, Fulton School. “Access to exploration through all their senses allows them to develop cognitively and emotionally and has been proven to facilitate holistic learning.”

The school received funding from G.U.D. Holdings towards the development of the sensory room and the upgrade of their computer lab. G.U.D. Holdings, a leading automotive parts manufacturer, has been a loyal benefactor of the school for over seven years.

G.U.D has assisted the school with a vehicle sponsorship, maintenance of the school vehicle fleet and student bursaries among other initiatives.

“We are passionate about education and supporting schools that cater for learners with disabilities in our community. We are honoured to make a dream come true for Fulton School through the sponsorship of the new Sensory Room and Garden. This facility provides a new and creative aspect of education for the learners which will benefit their physical, emotional and social development.” says Anthony Trickey, Group HR & Legal Director, G.U.D. Holdings.

Fulton School for the Deaf has been offering Pre-Primary, Primary and High School education to deaf and hearing impaired children since 1959.