Children with epilepsy in Ghana are denied the opportunity to attend school. They report painful experiences of isolation, discrimination, ridicule, abuse, and exclusion by family members, teachers and peers. This takes a toll on their social and emotional development, hindering their long-term ability to function productively as part of their communities. This project works with children, teachers, and parents to make it possible for children with epilepsy in Walewale, Ghana to attend school.
BasicNeeds trains teachers in special education and inclusion; creates special needs resource rooms; supports parents in understanding and advocating for their children; and provides medicines, school fees, and uniforms. These activities enable children with epilepsy to complete their basic education in a supportive learning environment.
This project will educate 100 children with epilepsy. It will also strengthen their social skills, emotional well being, and confidence. They will become productive and valued members of their communities. In the process, the attitudes of teachers, family members, and peers towards children with special needs will change, and these successes will be replicated with other children.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
BasicNeeds Ghana web page
Newsletter with stories of children with epilepsy
Photo essay on mental health in Ghana
Newsletter with stories of BasicNeeds participants