Ed-Tech for the Special Child

Award winner 2022: Priscilla Appiah (Ghana)

Ghana’s education system is considered to be one of the most progressive systems in Africa. In 2018, UNESCO Global Monitoring Report on Education for All listed Ghana as one of the three top performing countries in the world for reducing out-of-school populations by at least 85% over the past five years. Despite this remarkable progress in primary education, challenges still remain in educating children with special learning needs (learning disabilities). Schools for children with special learning needs are underserved and lack resources. Coupled with this, teachers in these schools use the same traditional teaching methods used in mainstream schools which have yielded little to no results in developing the unique capabilities of special learners. This project leverages education technologies to provide an Ed-Tech tool kit involving tablets, headphones and tailor-made applications and software for the five predominant learning disabilities identified in the Ghanaian context.

Award Ceremony 2022: Priscilla’s speech at the Commitment Awards

Social Impact Award (SIA) winner 2022

Priscilla was also awarded the jury prize of the Social Impact Award Germany for her project “EdTech for Special Learning Needs”. The prize is endowed with 3,000 euros and also supports the student social entrepreneur through a mentoring programme and workshops. With the prize money, Priscilla Appiah wants to equip selected special schools in Ghana with the EdTech toolkit.

Social Impact Award (SIA) 2022: Priscilla’s finalists video