By supporting our Inclusive Education work, you can reach children who have fallen through the cracks. Many of the most marginalised children end up leaving education early because local schools and teachers aren’t equipped to give them the support they need. We have developed a range of projects to tackle this.
In schools, we’re working with teachers to identify developmental delays and disabilities in children much earlier, so they can get any additional support they might need. And in communities, we’re working with children and parents to improve enrolment, retention and learning outcomes – giving children the chance to succeed in the classroom.
Helping marginalised children get back to school
For school-age refugee children in Uganda, the Covid 19 pandemic hit particularly hard. Schools were closed for two years and, because of local cultural attitudes, girls and children experiencing disabilities have been the least likely to return now that schools have reopened.
Across the next three years, we’ll be helping these children get back into education. We’re supporting families, by supplying school equipment such as uniforms, pens and books. And when they get to school, we’re ensuring that no child feels excluded by providing quality training to teachers and teaching assistants.
Helping children on the streets access education
In the Kenyan city of Kisumu there are nearly 3,000 street connected children. They’ve often led traumatic lives, suffering abuse and neglect. They’re already severely disadvantaged, but we’ve found that four in five also have a communication disability or additional need that affects their ability to learn and integrate with others.
So, in November 2021 we launched a new project, LEAP ii, to use our flagship Learning Support Assistant model to give hundreds of children there the chance to learn more effectively. Already, many of those children are performing above average in their class.
Helping teachers to include every child
In Ghana’s greater Accra region, we’re working to support 600 out-of-school children by making sure that the local education system is set up to meet their unique needs.
Working alongside the Ghana Education Service and the Ghanaian Government’s Special Education Division, we’ve developed a refresher teacher training manual. The manual helps teachers to identify children with developmental delays and disabilities, so that these children get an equal chance to get into education and thrive.
The project is currently active in ten schools and has the potential to be rolled out nationwide.
Read about our Safe Spaces work.