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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.

 

 

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Welcome to the Beauty of Diversity!

 

The beauty of life is the diversity it offers. Each person is different from the other-we have different needs, desires, aspirations, strengths and weaknesses. In the classroom, if these differences are not well-managed, a lot of children will become spectators instead of pupils.

The Education Department of SAP works with children who are living on their own in the streets of Accra and who have difficulties with specific aspects of their learning, like reading. These difficulties in most cases have caClassClassused them to drop out of school because their individual educational needs were not met in the regular classroom set up.

Teachers at SAP respond to their individual educational needs to get them back on their feet. They are helped to be able to read, write and do basic maths.

Outside the classroom, Learning to cookLearning to cookthe children are involved in other activities aimed at exploring their skills and developing their interests. They learn to use the computer, cook different foods, do bead work, play football and dance local dances.     

Children need to be heard-there is the need for them to communicate with teachers about things which affect them. There is a Children’s Forum held once every week to offer children the opportunity to air their views on matters affecting them.

Food is a basic need of life. Children at SAP are fed twice daily (breakfast and lunch) to ensure that their nutritional needs are taken care of.LunchLunch

Stories used to be told by the fireside. At SAP our stories are told in the afternoon since our programme does not run through the night. The real value of the time spent is the morale lessons that children learn. All children contribute stories and take part in discussing the morale lessons.   

Computer timeComputer timeEntertainment and relaxation times are to ensure that children can spend some time watching a film, playing a game or even sleeping.    

But the big question is, why do we do all this? We carry out the various activities to ensure that we are able to mainstream the children-get them back home so they can go back to school or get them to start apprenticeship training. They thus become useful to themselves and to the society at large.  

 

 

Social Work

1.      SAP’s Social Work programme targets out-of-school children who live independently in the streets of Accra and who show signs of learning and behavioral difficulties. The programme identifies these children during its day and night fieldwork in Kaneshie, Airport, 37, and other parts of Accra. Children who fall within SAP’s target group are admitted into SAP’s educational programme where they receive individualized education. In addition, the Social Work programme helps to reintegrate children with their families and get back to school. This is made possible by educating parents, teachers and other stakeholders about learning difficulties in children and how they can be supported at home and school.