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African Association For Dyslexia

African Association For Dyslexia

Ängelholmsgatan 4, Malmö, 214 22, Sweden

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About African Association For Dyslexia (AAFOD) is an NGO that was founded in Malmö, Sweden. It's aim and vision is to spread awareness about dyslexia in Africa
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Description We are an NGO that wants to stop the negative treatment and discrimination against children and teen/adults who has dyslexia. This is due to lack of knowledge about the diagnosis concerning this problem in African countries.

Some African countries have an education system that is not supported with extra resources for those children who require special need/treatment. This is due to the fact that some of the african educational systems have no idea about dyslexia.

This creates problems for children who have difficulties in reading and spelling, because teachers and parents who have not yet had an idea about the problem, generate violent behavior towards them. This in the long run, damages the child's selfconfidence and pushes the child down into a self-destructive or unhealthy psychological spiral that affects negatively on the child's future.

This creates a conflict within the child's family since the education in most of the African countries is not free. Many of these countries have a high percentage of school drop out (42% leave early before the end of primary education in Africa as a whole), suicide (28.3% suicidal attemps have been observed in Benin in 2013), severe depression (26.4% in Africa as a whole have been observed in 2012), stigmagtisation, discrimination, use of alcoohol and drugs (In Nigeria the rate was 40.6% amongs students in 2013), early pregnancy and prostitution ...etc in their society.

In countries where public services are limited, education becomes a luxury item that only the rich can buy to rescue their children from illiteracy. This lies in the face of Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations, which states that everyone has the right to free, compulsory education, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages and that education "shall be directed to the full development of the human personality..."

Usually the parents stop paying school fees for the child, out of reasons that the c
Founded AAFOD was founded by Seth Adjei Mensah and Kevin Luis Pérez on May, 2014 in Malmö, Sweden.

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