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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.

Focus of SAP Advocacy

SAP advocates for the rights of children with Specific Learning Difficulties in Basic Education and Juvenile Justice Administration Sectors in Ghana.

 

Education Sector

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Article 24: 

Children with disabilities have the right to quality education in their own communities on an equal basis with all other children.

SAP recognizes the gaps in the educational set up in the country and has been working with the Special Education Division of the Ghana Education Service since 2010 to address the needs of children with Specific Learning Difficulties in basic schools. This will help prevent children with learning problems from dropping out of school and subsequently migrating to the streets. It will also help them to reach their full academic potential.

 

SAP has been providing training to Resource Teachers (‘Special Needs Teachers’) on identification, assessment and management of children with Specific Learning Difficulties in a classroom setting. This has led to greater recognition of the need for Inclusive Education that addresses the learning needs of pupils with diverse learning difficulties.

 

SAP has also been providing input into the National Inclusive Education Policy which has been under development since 2012. As a result, pupils with Specific learning Difficulties are covered by the Policy and provisions are made for the necessary interventions.

 

Juvenile Justice Administration

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Article 13: 

Persons with disabilities should have effective access to justice on an equal basis with others.

A first study by SAP indicated a causal link between Specific Learning Difficulties, school drop-out and juvenile delinquency.

In the current juvenile justice system there is no recognition of learning difficulties at the various stages of the justice process. Knowledge levels on disability issues in general and Specific Learning Difficulties in particular are low in the sector.

 

SAP provides training to officers and personnel at all stages of the justice process and gathers data to advocate for recognition and effective responses to the problems of children with learning problems that come into conflict with the law. 

 

Other activities in the sector include creating a platform for Parents and Officers at the Senior Correctional Centre to aid in the rehabilitation and reintegration process of the juvenile offenders.

 

 

Memberships

SAP is a member of the following campaign networks:

Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC)

Inclusion Ghana (IG)