Saint Catherine’s Special School is a non-profit organization operating under the ZIMCARE TRUST Zimbabwe. It is a special school in Eastlea, Harare which caters for boys and girls from the age of five who are mentally challenged. The boys and girls range from moderate, through severe to profound mental retardation. Most of them come from a poor socio- economic background and so would not be able to benefit from this facility without the help of supporters of St Catherine’s. The school has a capacity to enroll 105 children, at the moment there are 98 children in their care, 57 are boarders and 41 are day scholars.
The school teaches self help skills, communication and speech training, domestic skills, occupational training and behaviour management as well as activities such as athletics, netball, football, volleyball, traditional dance, music, golf and horse riding. According to the children’s ability and inclination, children are introduced to more functional academic skills training using an Individualized Educational Program (IEP).
St Catherine’s strives to assist in developing the all round growth of those in their care for the children’s maturity and independence, for their own good and happiness and for each to have a purposeful place in society.