The City Primary School, located in Ngara (a bad neighborhood teeming with hawkers and thieves), is home to a very special group of students known as the “Special Unit.” The group currently consists of twelve boys and girls who deal with the challenges of downs syndrome, autism and other neurological problems and the associated stigmas. They are fortunate because the program’s director, teacher Margaret, is an extraordinary woman who believes in each child’s inherent worth and beauty. With her love and assistance, the children flourish.
In addition to painting with the children, Harambee Arts staff has created an art club at the City Primary School. The children from the “Special Unit” rotate as the club’s president. The “Special Children” understand that they have been put in a leadership role and the other students view them differently…with respect. The “Special Children” protect each other and take care of each other with compassion and consistency. They have many lessons to teach, and the mainstream children are now beginning to learn them.