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Special Attention Project (SAP):


...for the Rights of Children with Specific Learning Difficulties!



The Problem:

Exclusion of Children with Learning Difficulties from Mainstream Education.


Root Causes:

-  Families & communities fail to acknowledge learning problems of children or interpret it as spiritual (ignorance among parents) because of lack of general awareness

- No implementation of Inclusive Education policy, leading to absence of adequate support services in schools, no early identification, absence of appropriate curriculum and teaching materials and capacity gaps

-Absence of data on children with learning difficulties in Ghana



-Children drop out of school or complete basic education without achieving their educational potential
-This leads to increased unemployment and loss of talents for the labour market
-This leads to increased crime
-Families break down because of frustration and blame-game about poor performance and behaviour issues of children


Our Solution:

-Family and community sensitization on learning difficulties
-Advocacy for implementation of Inclusive Education
-Inclusive / accessible information resources on learning difficulties
-Development & promotion of teaching materials and methods that are inclusive for children with learning difficulties
Our Primary Target Group:

Children between 5 and 15 years


Our Theory of Change:



Intermediate Outcomes

Long-term Outcomes


-Create information resources and media messages on learning difficulties that are accessible to large groups of citizens
-Spread information and messages


-Accessible information on learning difficulties
-Media buy into information spread on learning difficulties


-General public has access to information on learning difficulties
-Intensive and consistent information spreading on learning difficulties
-General public is aware of learning difficulties in children
-Children complete their education and reach their academic potential
-Adequate government budget allocations for Inclusive Education; adequate support services in schools
-Sufficient teacher capacity
-‘Inclusiveness’ included as criteria for quality education
-Data on children with learning difficulties available



-Create community advocacy groups
-Create advocacy messages on Inclusive Education



-Effective advocacy messages
-Advocacy support groups in many communities



-Intensive and consistent advocacy for adequate budget for Inclusive Education



-Develop learning solutions and services for children in mainstream schools
-Develop & conduct training; liaise with Colleges of Education
-Institute award scheme for inclusive schools & teachers




-Learning services for children empower their caregivers and teachers to help them adequately
-Interest from Colleges of Education to include training on learning difficulties
-Award scheme for best inclusive school / teacher in place



-Learning services are adopted by schools and integrated in school systems
-Training on Specific Learning Difficulties included in mainstream teacher training curricula
-Increased grassroots efforts to make schools more inclusive / higher esteem for teacher efforts


-Develop data systems



-Data collection on learning difficulties integrated in education data systems


-Data on learning difficulties is generated


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