Siboniso is a young autistic boy who has nestled himself in the hearts of South Africans after they heard he wants to go to school, but can't. His parents have since spoken up and said he really wants to study.
Siboniso's parents are heartbroken because their son is yearning to study, but he can't. His mother, Bonisiwe, says she tried taking him to school, but they told her he shouldn't be learning with other children.
The boy's father, Siya, says he can't afford to send Siboniso to a private school. He works as a gardener 2 days a week and is the sole breadwinner of the family.
Siboniso has 2 brothers, and his younger brother always waits for him while he is "in school".
Briefly.co.za reported earlier on how the 11-year-old sends himself to school every day. Dressed in full school uniform, Siboniso would take his backpack full of books and sit under a tree.
His parents say he knows the local school's routine. When the kids are on break, he would be on his swing. When they are in their classrooms, he sits with his textbook, paging through it.
Siboniso has been sending himself to school like this for the past 2 years.
He wakes in the morning, polishes his shoes and gets ready to go to school over there, in the bush. He baths, get dressed, brushes his teeth, grabs his bag and goes to his school. He sits there and looks down at Ukusakwabasha. His younger brother goes there and he waits for him to come home.
His father wants more for him than this.
An education is important for Sboniso. I can see that he’s yearning to study. I just hope we can find a school that will be able to take him and that if we can, he doesn't have to board. He’s very fond of his parents.
But there is hope for the boy yet, his plight has been heard by the right people.
The Department of Education has committed to helping Siboniso. They will be reaching out to him soon, according to spokesperson Kwazi Mthethwa.
The department was made aware of this child’s plight via social media and intends sending a team to meet with him and his family this week.
South Africans hope that this young boy will soon be sitting in a real classroom, receiving a proper education.
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