Malawi has over 200,000 learners recorded to have special educational needs. The Ministry of Education Science and Technology identifies learners with SEN as those with sensory impairment (vision, hearing, deaf-blind); cognitive difficulties (intellectual, specific disabilities and gifted/talented); socio-economical, and behavioral difficulties (autism, hyperactivity, and other vulnerable children) and physical and health impairments (spina bifida, hydrocephalus, asthma and epilepsy).
Most government and private schools offer ordinary, one-size fits basic primary school education. Children with special needs don’t benefit from such teaching approaches. Furthermore, the lack of infrastructure, inadequacy of teachers and materials make the inclusive education approach even more challenging.
For years children with intellectual disability have been considered dull and/or retarded. Through the SeED Project, we are
changing that misconception by firstly changing the way we refer to these children as “
differently-abled” instead of “disabled”, and secondly by providing
individualized creative education to these children. The aim of the creative art learning support is to identify
and develop a child’s skills and compensatory talents, and use such skills as means of learning.
Since October of 2015, Fount for Nations has been running Creative Learning sessions in government primary school resource centers. The program involves;
So far we have reached out to a total of 350 children in resource centers and 10205 in mainstream classes with our Creative Learning sessions. About 300 non specialist teachers have been oriented on Creative Learning strategies to help engage students with special needs better. 2000 people engaged through termly showcases and home visits.
Our work of providing personalized education would not be achieved without our team of dedicated and passionate volunteers. Join our growing team of wonderful volunteers by signing up for either the SeED or HEArt programs.