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COMMUNIQUE ON AN EDUCATION CONFERENCE ON LEARNING DIFFICULTIES

BULAWAYO, 28 NOVEMBER 2018

On Wednesday, the 28th of November 2018, Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) in partnership with the Baobab Educational Assessment Center, DHL, Computer Society of Zimbabwe and PPC held an educational conference themed “Education – The Key Driver of Transformation”. The Conference was aimed at raising awareness on learning difficulties and to deliberate on how different stakeholders can work together to influence and build an inclusive education system that does not discriminate against children with learning difficulties.

Below are the key advocacy steps identified by conference delegates as key to ensuring that the country’s education system is inclusive:

  1. Higher learning institutions should develop assessment tools that are relevant to learners’ contexts.
  2. There is need to engage relevant government line ministries on the urgent need to resource the Schools Psychological Services to enable them to effectively carry out their mandate of assessing and assisting children with Learning Difficulties.
  3. Teacher education curriculum should be upgraded in order to place emphasis on Learning Difficulties.
  4. Government should reevaluate its decision on freezing employment of civil servants especially teachers as this would help reduce the teacher to child ratio thereby increasing chances of children with Learning Difficulties to be given specialized attention.
  5. Funds should be set aside by government and stakeholders in order to avail assistive technologies to schools so children with Learning Difficulties can grasp abstract concepts.
  6. Stakeholders should create a national dialogue platform to influence policy around Learning Difficulties.
  7. There has to be strategic litigation around access to inclusive education for children with Learning Difficulties.
  8. There is need to raise awareness on Learning Difficulties to parents and educators as these will determine how teachers interact with children who have Learning Disabilities.
  9. There has to be increased visibility of alternative educational assessment centers to give parents of children with Learning Difficulties alternatives to the government systems.
  10. Parents of children with Learning Difficulties to form a support group so as to share experiences and ideas on how to assist their children.

You can view the conference stream on Facebook  or follow twitter updates on #LearningDisabilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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