SCHOOL PYSCHOLOGICAL SERVICES, LEARNER WELFARE SERVICES AND SPECIAL NEED EDUCATION
CHILDREN WHO NEED THE SERVICES
- Covers children from ECD to Advance Level in various categories who require specific and specialized services.
- Children with Albinism, Autism , Epilepsy, HIV and AIDS, Hearing Impairment, Learning Disabilities, Mentally Challenged, Visually Impaired, Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Refugee Children, School Dropouts, Children who are hospitalized, children who are involved in accidents and those who are involved in drug and substance abuse including the recently added Performance Lag Address Programme (PLAP).
AREAS OF OPERATION
- The department has 3 main areas of operation, i.e. Remediation Services, Psychological and Special Needs Education and Learner Welfare Services.
- The District schools offer all the three categories from ECD A to Advanced Level. Schools have Guidance and Counselling teachers who work with the children in the different schools.
- Remedial programmes help to uplift the academic levels of students who may have been diagnosed of specific learning difficulties.
- Clinical remediation is done at Grade 4 level while in-class remediation is continuous and offered at all grade levels including high school.
- Early identification of learners with needs is encouraged so that they receive the required services soonest. Tracking of the already identified learners is encouraged so that continuous learner support service can be offered.
- Community sensitization on the importance of the programme is another key area that needs strengthening.
- Monitoring and evaluation of services offered sums up all the processes as it helps to identify strengths, weaknesses and suggested course of action to reduce the gaps.
TERM 3 ACTIVITIES IN BRIEF
- Term 3 was quite hectic with the Grade 7 as well as Ordinary and Advanced level examinations. Primary schools were involved in Remediation and Performance Lag Address Programme whilst High schools were working on the Life Skills Sexuality, HIV and AIDS Education. The High schools and some Primary Schools competed in the quiz from District to National Level. Children were involved in drama, traditional dance, BEM/GEM clubs, educational tours and team building activities to capacitate them on life skills acquisition.
- All activities have to cater for the best interest of the children and lead to child survival and development. The issue of children’s rights as enshrined in UN CRC of 1990 and the Constitution of Zimbabwe (2013) and other acts, is taken into cognizance when dealing with the children. All are children despite their condition and difficulties.