Here is a question I occasionally get from prospective expats mulling over a move to South Africa: Can South Africa cater to the special educational needs of my kids? If you have children with special needs and have come to Joburg Expat for answers, this post will hopefully help you learn more about one special needs school in Johannesburg, Japari.
Despite fears of crime, the biggest fear for many South Africa-bound expats with children is whether they’re making a mistake with their choice of school. Of all the questions I get asked, school choice is always the one that seems to cause the most sleepless nights. Here is a look at the lessons we learned from sending our kids to school in South Africa (hint: they were fine).
My favorite time to walk over the leafy campus of Dainfern College was recess. There would be hundreds of kids milling about, with no teacher to be seen. No one seemed to care whether the kids used the time to eat their lunch or not. Boys would be running around barefoot, their uniforms disheveled, kicking soccer balls that would frequently hit unsuspecting bystanders.
In order to make my readers' life - and mine! - a little bit easier, I thought I'd gather all my blog posts discussing South African schools in any way, shape, or form, into one tidy list to hand out henceforth. Bear in mind that I wrote these over the course of 4-5 years, and that my knowledge of the topic evolved over that time period. Still, this is a good starting point for new expats.
I have written much about schools in South Africa. But what about higher education, i.e. going to college aka varsity? If you have high school age children and are moving to South Africa from abroad, or already have been living there and your children are approaching the end of their school career, it is most likely a topic that causes quite a bit of anxiety in you.
We loved our kids' school in South Africa, but I now realize there are many other excellent choices - and each of them packed with students, as one reader pointed out, so the parents must be happy with them. Finding the perfect school in South Africa is like selecting the perfect safari lodge: Each is unique and wonderful and you can't really go wrong with any of them.
I was astounded how much discussion my recent blog post about the scarcity of space at Johannesburg private schools spurred. While I was aware that this was beginning to pose a problem for expats in South Africa, I didn’t know how dire the situation had already become.But it also prompted questions of a more technical nature concerning attendance at South African schools, and I’d like to highlight one such question from my Facebook Page and some answers here. The QUESTION:
Does anyone have any experience ...
Choosing the right school for your child when moving to South Africa is one of your top concerns.
I know this because my rather ancient blogpost Private Schools in Johannesburg is among ...