Special Education (SeED Project)

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.

Our Approach

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 specialized and 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;

  • Orientating teachers on teaching methods that uses principles of Creative Learning, Individualized Learning and Child Focused approaches,
  • Training and placing volunteers as Teacher Assistants
  • Engaging parents of children who are differently-abled through parent sessions and termly showcases.

SeED Goals

  1. Children with special needs are seen and appreciated as differently abled
  2. Specialist and non-specialist teachers are supported to use alternative teaching methods to ensure successful learning of children with special needs
  3. Children with special needs are successful in their learning and progress both in and out of school
  4. Parents and the general community support learning of children with special needs and not view them as a burden

Currently our Special Education program runs in 5 schools Every Monday - Wednesday from 8am to 11am.


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.

3 years of operation,
3 regions

8 centers,
footprint in 40 villages

people reached

Sign up to volunteer

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.