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Meet the boy who started to read and write at age 12

"I used to go to school but I had difficulty understanding anything in class. I couldn't read and write and do basic maths. My teachers always told me I was lazy and not intelligent, so I was not happy in school."
 
Twelve-year-old Pascal recounts his unpleasant experiences from school while trying to achieve basic literacy and numeracy skills, and live his educational dream.
 
At 12 years, Pascal couldn't write correctly. For the first time he came into contact with SAP, he wrote the English alphabet backwards from right to left on a slate.
 

"Because of my learning difficulties, my mum brought me from Aburi to Accra to be more or less an errand boy to a relative," Pascal recounted.

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SAP partners Ashesi Leo Club to raise awareness on learning difficulties

SAP in partnership with Ashesi University Leo Club has organised an outreach programme to sensitise church members on learning difficulties at Berekuso in the Akuapem South District of the Eastern Region.
 
About 70 church members from the Christ Apostolic Church and Christ Reigning Church received education on how to recognise symptoms of learning difficulties in children and the practical measures they could take to help children with learning difficulties to learn.

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SAP partners Compassion International to assess pupils for learning difficulties

SAP in partnership with Compassion International Ghana in Ho has conducted assessment for pupils in Adaklu-Vodze and Have Basic Schools in Ho, the capital of Volta Region.
 
About 100 pupils aged 5 to 10 were assessed to determine whether they showed symptoms of learning difficulties or not.  They went through literacy and numeracy tests in reading, writing and maths, as well as behavioural and emotional problem test.
 
Esther Emefa Attah, Project Director of Compassion International Ghana, Ho gave the reason for the assessment programme.

"We realised that children in our programme were unable to read and write. They couldn't therefore, write letters to our sponsors. 

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