Helping Teachers Support Children with Developmental Disabilities in Ethiopian Schools_Eli Genovesi

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Education services for children with developmental disabilities are a key part of the multisectoral integrated care model that SPARK aims to develop. Eli Genovesi’s PhD project aims to develop a culturally-appropriate programme to promote effective inclusion and support of children with developmental disabilities in mainstream primary schools in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The programme will be co-developed in collaboration with local stakeholders, and subsequently piloted and evaluated. The final intervention is expected to be based around training teachers in relevant inclusive and special education strategies and ensuring they are supported and enabled to use them.

Project Phases

Phase 1: Synthesis of inclusive education strategies

We synthesised 32 qualitative studies selected through a systematic review in order to understand teachers, pupils and caregivers’ perspectives and experiences of strategies used to include children with developmental disabilities in mainstream school classrooms in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Team (Phase 1): Dr Rosa Hoekstra, Co-investigator, PhD supervisor; Prof Charlotte Hanlon, Co-investigator, PhD supervisor; Dr Judith McKenzie, Co-investigator; Akhina Gaches, Research assistant

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Phase 2: Review of existing resources

Phase 3: Exploratory study

Phase 4: Programme development

Phase 5: Pilot study

About Eli

PhD supervisors: Dr Rosa Hoekstra & Prof Charlotte Hanlon


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