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SAP Forms Self-Help Groups

SAP is working more closely with parents/caregivers of children with learning difficulties. We believe that the parents/caregivers have a vital role to play in carrying out campaigns aimed at achieving improved educational systems that will enable their children to learn better in mainstream schools.

We are mobilising the parents/caregivers into groups, educating them on their children's rights, and empowering them to front advocacy campaigns towards securing the right educational support for children with learning difficulties.

"I think this group is very relevant. It will help us to discuss our children's problems and find ways to help them to learn better," Maame Esi, parent said during a self-help group meeting.

The objectives of the self-help groups are to:
- give parents/caregivers a chance to meet others with the same difficulties;
- help and support each other and draw comfort from sharing their similar experiences;
- talk about their problems together and find solutions as a group;
- learn about services that are available to help their children; and
- work together to get the right educational support for their children in mainstream schools.
Join a Self-Help Group today if your child has a learning difficulty!
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Removing Learning Barriers of Children with Learning Difficulties

"My child is lazy, stubborn, s/he 
doesn't want to learn, likes playing,
has a spiritual problem." 
These are some common reasons
parents of children with learning difficulties assign to their children's difficulties to learn like their peers.
This lack of knowledge and
recognition of learning difficulties
among parents forms a key obstacle
to effective learning and progress of children with learning difficulties.

SAP is making major efforts to change how parents interpret the learning problems of their children. We are
working with children with learning problems and their teachers to understand how the children learn.
We are also working with their parents to learn more about their children's
learning problems, assess their level
of knowledge on learning difficulties,
and discuss the support parents can
give to their children.

Based on this data, we will be able to know the basic literacy and numeracy levels of children with learning
difficulties to know their learning
It will help us to determine the learning solutions that will be required to
enable the children learn better and
the role their teachers have to play.
We will also be able to know the information parents need to be able to support their children at home to help
the children learn better. 
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SAP Urges CSOs to Engage Citizens in Programmes

Programmes Manager of SAP, Mr. Richard O. Opoku charged civil society organisations (CSOs) to actively engage citizens in the implementation of their development programmes.

Mr. Opoku was speaking on the topic: "Inclusive Education: A Case for Sustainable Social Change," at the third edition of the National Philanthropy Forum and Awards held at the Accra International Conference Centre on 28 and 29 March, 2018.

The two-day summit was under the theme:
 "The Role of the Third Sector (NGOs, CSOs) in Attaining National Development."

According to Mr. Opoku, "the full participation of citizens and community members in the activities of CSOs will promote a sense of ownership and responsibility which are critical for the sustainability of CSOs".

He explained that in many countries that have successfully implemented inclusive education, it was parents of children with special educational needs who led advocacy campaigns to demand educational reforms that align with the educational needs of their children.

As part of the event, SAP set up a stand to showcase its reading and information materials and sensitised participants on learning difficulties. This provided a platform for SAP to share and exchange ideas, and networked with participants.
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