Helen Arkell in association with Strive International a UK based charity is making a difference in South Africa.
Strive logoStrive exists to improve the educational experience of learners with Dyslexia in Africa. Strive builds awareness to enhance understanding and appreciation of dyslexia and facilitates opportunities for educators to develop skills to effectively include learners with dyslexia in classrooms and learning institutions.
In South Africa, every one in ten people is probably dyslexic. This is assuming that South Africa has the same percentage of dyslexics as most developed countries (approximately 10% of the population). If this estimate is accurate, it means that at least five million South Africans are struggling with literacy problems in school or in the workplace. General awareness of the dyslexic mind is behind what we find in Europe, North America, and Australia. Schools in this Africa tend to be ill equipped to deal with dyslexia
Despite promising signs of general progress in Africa the immediate challenges for Strive are:
The steady decline of educational standards in Africa-Literacy rates are improving globally, but in terms of raw numbers there are more illiterates in sub – Saharan Africa than 20 years ago.
There are no statistics for the number of Dyslexics in Africa
Most Africans speak English as a third or fourth language. The current diagnostic assessments for dyslexia that have been designed in the United Kingdom or the United States for the British or American child do not determine accurate diagnosis for the African child.
Those in the Educational systems do not understand Dyslexia
On 12 September 2013, Bernadette McLean and Geraldine Price will speak at the Dyslexia awareness Conference as Keynote Guest Speakers. This conference will receive a lot of media coverage through the Mail and Guardian Media Group- ‘Africa’s best read!’
Our intention is to make it an annual event of national and global renown that informs the development and implementation of policies, practices and programs that strengthen the institutional and social support provided to learners with dyslexia to help them succeed.