• Gergi, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Support for Children

Support for children who have dyslexia, difficulty in learning and enjoying the school environment

Clearly, if children have issues with skills required for learning (i.e., skills related to literacy, language, etc) they are likely to have difficulty learning and enjoying the school environment. It is thought to be many children in Ethiopia struggle to learn to read and write.

Support for children

What did the survey say?

even though no well-thought-out survey conducted on the prevalence of dyslexia in Ethiopia exits, our pilot study carried out (in August 2011) in 9 primary schools (5 in Addis Ababa, the capital and 4 in southern regional state) has shown a significant number of children have some degree of dyslexia. In almost all cases, neither the children with dyslexia nor their teachers seemed to know that there is such thing as dyslexia, and the children are dyslexic. So, assessment is the first step to support children with the stated difficulties.

This is because:

• It identifies the root cause of difficulties.
• It may indicate the other kinds of support that are appropriate.
• It can “explain” strengths and weaknesses to the child concerned.

Similarly, currently very few children with speech and language difficulties get the help they need due to lack of enough facilities, lack of awareness, lack of trained specialists.

Without the correct assessment and support, learning and communication difficulties can hold children back from achieving their potentials, lead to exclusion. For many children who struggle to learn and express their thoughts using speech/language, their behaviour and confidence can be badly affected.

If your child or student is having difficulty in producing speech sounds properly, understanding language, stutters, is not motivated to communicate, is struggling at school, we can help:
How do we help?

The support we provide for the children with learning difficulties is tailored to fit a particular child, that is, the support is planned and executed based on the strength and weakness of the child.

We provide free advice, that is, you can book an appointment and discuss your child’s communication and educational difficulties over the phone or face to face with one of our experts or via skype with our collaborators abroad.

Moreover, we together with expatriate collaborators will carry out an assessment of the child’s different skills and see where the child’s strength and weakness are and how those weaknesses are alleviated.

We also provide tuition and support (including speech therapy). If your child has been diagnosed as having learning difficulty and/or speech/language difficulty, together with the outcome and suggestions from the assessment, an individual teaching and/or therapy program can then be created to help support your child’s identified issues and future needs.

We also work with schools to reach as many needy children as possible. At schools, we train teachers to carry out assessments of the different profiles (linguistic and literacy profiles) of students whom they think may have speech/language/communication difficulties. Then, based on the results of the assessment, they (in communication with parents) design child-specific intervention programs, and evaluate efficiency of their management at certain time intervals.

NB: Information sheets and other documents are produced in Amharic and we are working to translate them into other languages. Once the documents are all translated and ready for use, they will be uploaded here. So, keep checking our site, or call us (leave your name and contact details) and we will be able to tell you when it is ready.


  • It identifies the root cause of difficulties
  • It may indicate the other kinds of support that are appropriate
  • It can “explain” strengths and weaknesses to the child concerned.