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 ...for Children with Specific Learning Difficulties

Special Attention Project (SAP) is a Ghanaian Non-Governmental Organization that improves the lives of children with Specific Learning Difficulties by spreading information to the public, advocating for learning support for pupils with learning difficulties in mainstream schools, doing research and training on Specific Learning Difficulties as well as providing practical support to out-of-school children with learning difficulties in the streets of Accra.

SPECIAL ATTENTION PROJECT

About SAP

SAP is a Ghanaian Non-Governmental Organization that improves the lives of children with Specific Learning Difficulties by spreading information to the public, advocating for learning support for pupils with learning difficulties in mainstream schools, doing research and training on Specific Learning Difficulties as well as providing practical support to out-of-school children with learning difficulties in the streets of Accra.

Vision

 All children with Specific Learning Difficulties in Ghana are included in mainstream education.

Mission

 To take the lead in inclusion of children with Specific Learning Difficulties in mainstream education in Ghana by doing research, awareness creation, training and advocacy on Specific Learning Difficulties and preparing children who are out-of-school as a result of learning problems for mainstreaming.

  Flow Chart of SAP's programmes:

 Brief History of SAP

Special Attention Project was incepted in 2007 based on findings that a lot of children who live and work in the streets of Accra showed strong symptoms of learning difficulties and behavioural problems. Attempts to re-integrate these children in the mainstream through sponsoring of school fees failed, and it was clear that a different approach was needed. A background survey also revealed that most children had been to school in the past, but that they experienced learning difficulties and behavioural problems and subsequently stopped school. At a later stage, they resorted to the streets.

 In 2008, SAP started operations in a small place at North-Kaneshie and offered an education programme to out-of-school children with learning difficulties. In the first two years, an individualized educational approach was developed and the organization gained knowledge and skills to respond to the learning needs of the children.

 In 2010 a new location was found on the top floor of the Kaneshie Market Complex. Most children in the target group work and sleep in the streets around the market, and more children could now access the programme. In 2010 SAP also conducted the first training of Resource Teachers of the Ghana Education Service on Specific Learning Difficulties, and implemented the first advocacy activities.  Data from the education sector confirmed that Specific Learning Difficulties were not recognized and that no adequate learning support was provided to pupils who have difficulties in particular areas of learning.  

 In 2011 SAP expanded its reach to the Juvenile Justice Sector with a first survey to explore the link between learning difficulties, school drop-out and juvenile delinquency. This was followed by other projects to increase knowledge levels on Specific Learning Difficulties in the sector.

 From 2012 the organization added awareness creation on Specific Learning Difficulties to its activities, reaching out to groups and spreading information materials to educate the general public. Collaboration with the media also expanded.

 In 2013 SAP initiated ‘SpLenDiD’ (Specific Learning Difficulties Demystified), an Expertise Centre for Specific Learning Difficulties. The aim is to serve broader sections of the population who are affected by Specific Learning Difficulties and also generate income for the support of the out-of-school programme at Kaneshie.