As an act of solidarity with people around the world having Down syndrome, the staff of Durban North academy decided to support the Down Syndrome International initiative by wearing odd socks.  World Down Syndrome Day was started  on March 21, 2006 and is celebrated annually.
The aim of the day is to raise awareness and understanding of a condition which affects approximately 1 in 800 births worldwide, and to promote the inherent rights of persons with this syndrome so that those affected can enjoy full and dignified lives and be active participants in their communities and society.
Down syndrome is a genetic condition that causes delays in physical and intellectual development. Individuals with Down syndrome have 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46. It is the most frequently occurring chromosomal disorder. Down syndrome is not related to race, nationality, religion or socioeconomic status.
Why odd socks then?
In the words of Director, Ali Smeeton: “They may be odd, but they are still socks!”
The KZN Academies fully supported wearing mismatched socks on the March 24 (delayed because of a public holiday on the 21st).

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