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Published On: Tue, Oct 17th, 2017

Over 17m people live with Dyslexia in Nigeria

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By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

A Non -Government Organisation ( NGO) Dyslexia Foundation in Abuja said over 17 million people in Nigeria are living with Dyslexia .
This was revealed during the first national conference on dyslexia held in yesterday with the theme; “Dyslexia In Nigeria, Problems, Prospects and Possibilities” saying out of one in 80 persons are effected by dyslexia which is a learning condition in people.
The Chairman, Board of Trustees,Dyslexia Foundation Nigeria Mr. Ben Arikpo in his welcome address said the NGO is determined to do things differently ,that the reason we became the first to acquired capacity for conducting professional diagnosis and assessments as well as remediation and intervention for dyslexia in Nigeria .
“The NGO has taken awareness campaigns to schools, religious institutions, and the media. We have trained teachers on recognizing the signs and symptoms of dyslexia and how to manage dyslexics in the classroom”.
Arikpo who further stated , the theme of the conference Dyslexia in Nigeria : Problems, Prospects and Possibilities has provided the opportunity to examine the current problems and challenges people with dyslexia face in just trying to be themselves in school and workplaces.
“ Do stakeholders, parents, teachers understand the problem, prospects, opportunities and possibilities open to us ,to influence ,create awareness, support the development of policy for accommodation ,intervention , identification and remediation of dyslexia in our country “.
He pointed out that, the statistics on ground are frightening “some studies have shown that one in five and others says one in three persons in the population show significant signs and symptoms of dyslexia “
“In Nigeria this figure is conservatively put at 17million people living with dyslexia. Dyslexia is said to be responsible for the high rate of school dropout and the increase number of juvenile crime rates including kidnapping, armed robbery, commercial sex hawking, drugs, and other social vices in our society “.
The Chairman of the NGO who urged parents to watch out the symptoms of dyslexia in children such as : struggling to read, writing, spelling ,weakness of cognitive skills while emphasised for government collaboration,stakeholders,philanthropies to help out”the NGO has diagnosed Over 500 dyslexia in Nigeria for treatment and has treated less than 100 , the brain training treatment programme is expensive and is franchise ,an individual treatments goes for 600,000 to 2.5million between 3month to 1year“.
The Minister of Education Adamu Adamu who was represented by Chief Education Office, Ministry of Education Mr. Ujah Micheal , stated that the dyslexia conference was in a right steps in a right direction. The Dyslexia Foundation needs to collaborate with the Ministry of Education on dyslexia. Dyslexia is part of Education and is inclusive just like any another learning disabilities.
Earlier, Mrs Ijemoma Adubasim of Faculty of Education University of Portcourt , in her keynote address maintained that Dyslexia is mostly hereditary and about 25-60% of children can be affected by the challenge through their parents” Dyslexia deals with the part of brain and affect growth right from womb. “This kind of children finds it very difficult to read, write and spell and need special attention not beating or insult”.

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