In a significant step forward for early childhood education and development, Chance for Childhood, in partnership with Entain’s Ennovate Innovation Hub, is proud to announce the launch of the Disability Detect App, a pioneering digital solution designed to identify developmental delays and disabilities in children aged 3-8 years.
Chance for Childhood trained teachers on the Disability Detect App and identifying developmental delays and disabilities early in their lifetime. This training will help teachers and schools provide effective interventions and support to these children. It is also expected to enhance individual and organisational capacity in the identification of children with developmental delays and disabilities by improving training, knowledge, and skills.
Disability Detect is an easily accessible mobile app that equips teachers and parents with the necessary tools to screen pre-school aged children for developmental delays and disabilities. The application is designed to work even in low technology environments, ensuring that every child, regardless of their circumstances, can reach their full potential.
“This toolkit is a game-changer for early childhood education in Ghana,” said Anna-mai Andrews, CEO, Chance for Childhood. “By equipping teachers and parents with the knowledge and tools to identify developmental delays and disabilities early, we can ensure that every child is given the support they need to thrive.”
The launch of the toolkit comes in response to the identified gap in Ghana’s Inclusive Education Policy. Despite the policy’s aim to support the education of all children with special educational needs, many children with disabilities remain ‘invisible’ in data and are often overlooked during the design of social and education programs. The Disability Detect app aims to address this by making early detection and intervention possible.
The app is being piloted in 20 governmental pre-primary schools to identify children with developmental delays and disabilities early in their lifetime, so that effective interventions and support can be provided. It is also expected to enhance individual and organisational capacity in the identification of children with developmental delays and disabilities by improving training, knowledge, and skills.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Chance for Childhood on this important initiative,” said Sophie Platts, Group Head of Sustainability, Entain. “Technology has the power to drive social change, and we believe the Disability Detect app will make a significant impact on the lives of many children in Ghana.”
This transformative technology heralds a radical new approach to supporting the complex challenges faced by millions of children who are being excluded from education and are unable to reach their potential. Through this partnership, Entain are helping to create a deep and long-lasting legacy of positive impact for the most marginalised children.
Chance for Childhood and Entain’s Ennovate innovation hub invite parents, teachers, and the wider community to learn more about the Disability Detect App and join them in their mission to ensure that every child, regardless of their abilities, is given the chance to learn, play, and reach their full potential.
For more information about the Disability Detect App, please explore our website or contact .
About Chance for Childhood
We believe that no child should have to fight for a safe, happy childhood. We exist to ensure that every child in Africa can thrive from their early years through to adulthood.
We don’t work alone. Together with partners, supporters, children and their communities, we protect, educate and create lasting change for every child threatened by violence, neglect and conflict.
We specialise in ensuring access to inclusive education and safe spaces so that children in
Africa can play, grow, learn and thrive.
Louise Baker – Head of Marketing and Communications, Chance for Childhood