International Irlen Syndrome Awareness Week 16th -20th October, 2017
With the support of Africa Action, Germany, CLED has launched 9 radio talkshow and news from January-September, 2017 to educate the Ghanaian public about learning disabilities and inclusive education.
The news is an interview with CLED Ghana from different radio stations across Ghana.
Forty Three (43) Staff of Awutu Senya East Municipal Education Directorate trained from 23rd -24th January, 2017, about the inclusive education policy of Ghana: moving from policy into action in the Central Region, Ghana.
Thank you Ananse Group of Germany for the financial support.
The Reading Clinic at Little Angel School started with the beginning of the school term in January-April 2017. The teachers of the school picked out children from class 1 to class 4 of the primary school, who have problems in their reading and writing. After a German volunteer Gregor confirmed their reading difficulties 16 children had daily a 45 minute reading classes.
The children were taught in sound identification, phonological awareness, rapid reading of two- letter words and reading and writing of simple words that are part of their environment and everyday life. Most of the children were able to develop their reading skills to their class level.
In December 2016 CLED tested the reading skills of 87 students from class 3 to 6 of Saint Peters School with a self- designed, not standardised screening tool. Most of the children showed difficulties in letter identification, letter sounds and phonemic awareness compared to the years they spend at school. That’s why CLED started with the second school term in January-April 2017 three reading classes at this school. The children were grouped depending on their test results into three groups. Every group has been taught once a week after school. Depending on their skills, the children were trained in sound identification, phonological awareness and basic reading.
CLED organises every Saturday in their office the Saturday Class, where children from different schools with different ages and (special) needs learn together. Depending on their individual skills and problems the children are taught in reading, writing, mathematics and creative art. The size of each class is 12 children. The children are given individual treatment by trained local and international volunteers.
A-TWO DAY WORKSHOP FOR AWUTU SENYA EAST MUNICIPAL EDUCATION SERVICE DIRECTORATE STAFF
INCLUSIVE EDUCATION POLICY OF GHANA: MOVING FROM POLICY INTO ACTION
AWUTU SENYA EAST MUNICIPALITY, CENTRAL REGION GHANA
Background of the workshop
Inclusive education seeks to address the learning needs of all children, with a specific focus on those who are vulnerable to marginalization and exclusion. At the core of education is the right to education, the significance of which has been reaffirmed in many international human rights treaties of which Ghana has signed. Ghana has launched an Inclusive Education Policy, however many education management staff, teachers and other stakeholders do not know about it and lack the skills to implement the policy at the grassroot level.
To improve Awutu Senya East Education Directorate Staff’s knowledge and skills in making sure that the Ghana Inclusive Education Policy happens in local schools in Kasoa
1) To discuss the potentials of inclusive approaches to improve the quality of education and remove barriers to learning
2) To develop recommendations of how to promote inclusiveness with particular emphasis on the implementation of inclusive education action plans of Ghana
Over the two-day workshop, there were fifty one (51) participants. 43 participants were education directorate staff, 2 facilitators from University of Education, Winneba and 1 facilitator from Inclusion Ghana, 2 team members of CLED and 3 CLED volunteers from Germany.
Activities & Strategy:
The workshop was chaired by Rita Rebecca Ackon (Mrs), the Awutu Senya East Municipal Education Director and the introductory remarks were given by Mr. Isaac Maccarthy-Mensah assistant director of education. The workshop used a mix of modalities; including real stories sharing, group work, presentations and plenary discussions. The mixture enabled participants to learn new concepts, and then discuss them in open sessions. This led to a participatory and informal atmosphere.
Closing remarks were given by Awutu Senya East Municipal Education Office representative and Mr. Padmore Quansah- Director of CLED Ghana.
Training Session One: Inclusive Education Policy Of Ghana: Moving From Policy into Action
(Inclusive Education, Action Planning, Monitoring and Reporting)
Facilitator: Mr. Auberon Jeleel Odoom- National Coordinator of Inclusion Ghana
Training Session Two: Multidisciplinary Collaboration Among Selected Stakeholders In The Implementation Of The Inclusive Education Policy Of Ghana
Facilitator: Mrs. Florence Akua Mensah (Lecturer) -Department of Special Education, University of Education, Winneba-Ghana