ICTs and Special Educational Needs in Ghana


Godfred Bonnah Nkansah and I are delighted that our paper on the contribution of ICTs to the delivery of special educational needs in Ghana has just been published in Information Technology for Development, 16(3), 2010, 191-211. The paper not only provides rich empirical evidence of the usage and potential of ICTs in the special educational needs sector in Ghana, but also argues strongly that much more attention should be paid to the positive benefits that ICTs can bring to the lives of people with disabilities across Africa.

Abstract
This paper explores three main issues in the context of Ghana: constraints on the delivery of effective special educational needs (SEN); the range of information and communication technologies (ICT)-based needs identified by teachers, pupils and organizations involved in the delivery of SEN; and existing practices in the use of ICTs in SEN in the country. It concludes that people with disabilities continue to be highly marginalized, both in terms of policy and practice. Those involved in delivering SEN nevertheless recognize that ICTs can indeed contribute significantly to the learning processes of people with disabilities. Governments across Africa must take positive action to ensure that such experience with ICTs can be used to enable those with SEN to achieve their their full potential, whether in special schools or included within mainstream education.

For media comments on this research see:

  • The Commonwealth Secretariat News
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Filed under Accessibility, Africa, Education, Ethics, ICT4D

2 responses to “ICTs and Special Educational Needs in Ghana

  1. Annie

    I just wanted to say that I am going to read ALL of your paper because I truly respect what you said here. I am 18 and about to start college to major in special education. My family has long been involved in Africa especially Ghana and lately I’ve been wondering what is done and what can be done for those with special needs. I want so badly to put my education and two passions (special education and Africa) to good use. Also, thank you for that picture at the top! I hope you don’t mind but I’d love to share it because it’s message is INCREDIBLE

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