Hope for dyslexic learners as organization seeks to establish resource centre

Kayamba Africa’s Victor Mbuvi. He has thrown his weight behind the ‘I Can Fly’ campaign that seeks to raise funds for the construction of a resource center for dyslexic learners.

By Abednego Mwikya

Dyslexic children will soon have a haven to run to once a lobby group that champions for the rights of such children puts up a resource centre at Kitengela, Kajiado County.

Dyslexia Organization-Kenya has already put up a school in Kitengela that specializes in the handling and teaching of children with the condition.

Dyslexia is an often hereditary neurological condition and often hereditary that causes difficulties in reading, writing, spelling and short memory processing, hence the forgetfulness.

As such, it makes fluent reading difficult, which affects not only academic success but also self-esteem and social-emotional development. It is the main cause of learning difficulties, and, according to Dyslexia International Association, the condition affects at least 10% of school-going children.

Speaking during the launch of a campaign to raise funds for the construction of the center, Kenya Films Classification Board CEO Dr Ezekiel Mutua urged Kenyans to support the campaign, adding it would accord children with the condition a chance at life by creating a level field for development.

“Children with this disability do not need to be sympathized with. They rather need to be provided with the necessary conditions for academic and talent development,” said Dr Mutua.

Dyslexia Organization-Kenya Director Phyllis Munyi is joined by a dyslexic pupil on stage while addressing journalists

Dyslexia Organization-Kenya, which has partnered with Kayamba Africa’s contemporary gospel singer Victor Mbuvi, targets the campaign dubbed ‘I can fly’ at not only raising funds for the construction of the facility but also sensitizing society on the need to live such children without stigmatizing them.

Speaking during the same event, Mbuvi urged Kenyans to endeavor to discover the talents such children are endowed with and nurture them, adding most of them are heavily talented.

“We cannot judge everyone on their ability in academics. Most people with disabilities are abled differently. By identifying and developing these talents, we can give them (the dyslexic) a purpose in life,” said Mbuvi.

Dyslexia Organization Kenya Director Phyllis Wamucii Munyi revealed the school for the Dyslexic in Kitengela was handling excess children than it could handle and urged the government to step in and establish such other schools in other counties, saying one facility could not reach the huge population of dyslexic children in the country.

“The prevalence of dyslexia in our local schools could be higher than we think. A research conducted by Uwezo Kenya, indicated that 8 out of every 100 pupils in class 8 could not do class 2 work. Could it because they had a specific learning difficulty like dyslexia?” she posed.

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