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“Every afternoon my mother comes to SAP and takes me back home. But I don’t want to go home! My uncles beat me all the time and I don’t want to do chores. I like to stay at Kaneshie with my friends and watch film all evening. I can sleep on the pavement with my friends, it doesn’t matter. The streets are more fun than my home.

Last week, my teacher taught me how to read the clock. At first, I thought it was difficult but he explained it very well and now I find it very easy. So easy that in the afternoon when my mother came I could tell that it was 2:30PM.

Now, I make sure that every day before 2:15PM I run away and hide at the bus station. My mother can never find me there and I’m having fun!

 

 

 

 ...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.

PAST AND PRESENT PROJECTS OF SPECIAL ATTENTION PROJECT

2008

Special Attention for street children with Learning Difficulties


 SAP formally set up an educational centre for street children with learning difficulties.

2010

Research, Awareness and Advocacy for (street) children with Learning Disabilities


Research was conducted on ‘Street children and learning difficulties’. Workshops were held for parents of out-of-school children with learning problems. Resource Teachers of GES were trained in Specific Learning Difficulties.

Workshop for ParentsWorkshop for Parents

 Funding Partner: Disability Rights Fund, USA

2010 – 2011

Special Education for out-of-school children


Development and implementation of individualized education for out-of-school children with learning difficulties in Accra

Education at SAPEducation at SAP

 

Funding partners: ASK Foundation and Impulsis

2012 – 2015

SAP Sustainability


 - Staff capacity building

- Income generating project

- Fundraising in Ghana

- Strengthening of internal structures

- Board review and orientation

Funding Partner: STAR-Ghana

2011-2013

Teachers for Special Educational needs


 Capacity building on literacy for children with Specific Learning Difficulties and Practical skills programme for out-of-school children with learning difficulties.

2012

Rights in Practice


Training of Resource Teachers of GES on Specific Learning Difficulties, Training of officers in juvenile justice administration on Specific Learning Difficulties and Education of parents and employers of out-of-school children on children’s rights.

Publication of information booklet on Specific Learning Difficulties

Resource Teachers of GESResource Teachers of GES

2013 - 2014

Education for out-of-School Children


Education programme for out-of-school children with learning difficulties in Accra.

Individualized Education at SAPIndividualized Education at SAP

2013

Rights of children with Specific Learning Difficulties in Education and Justice Administration


Training of teachers and Resource Teachers of GES on article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Training of officers at Correctional Centres.  Assessment for Specific Learning Difficulties of children on remand. Media awareness campaign on Specific Learning Difficulties

 Teachers of GES Teachers of GES

Funding Partner: Disability Rights Fund, USA

2014

Rights of children with Specific Learning Difficulties in Justice Administration in Ghana


Training of educators at Correctional Centres and preparation for mainstreaming of juvenile offenders with learning difficulties after detention. Meeting the rights of juvenile offender with learning difficulties who are diverted from the justice system.

Educators of the Senior Correctional CentreEducators of the Senior Correctional Centre

Funding Partner: Open Society Human Rights Initiative