Richard Odomako Opoku
Project Director, Special Attention Project (SAP). Communication and development practitioner with strong passion for inclusive and quality education, child's rights and partnership development
My name is Richard Odomako Opoku from Ghana. I'm a communication and development practitioner, inclusive education and child’s rights advocate. I currently work as the Project Director of Special Attention Project (SAP), the leading grass roots non-governmental organization in Ghana working for the Rights of children with Specific Learning Difficulties, such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and ADHD.
In my capacity, I lead team of staff members and volunteers to create innovative learning solutions for children with learning difficulties and their families. I lead the team to conduct assessment and implement individualized learning interventions for children with learning difficulties to be able learn better and improve learner outcomes. I oversee the training of teachers and educators on learning difficulties and inclusive education. I also counsel parents and raise awareness on learning difficulties and inclusive education using face-to-face information sharing, mainstream and social media. I'm a regular guest on media programs and national events that focus on advocacy for inclusive and quality education. I develop partnerships and raise funds to support projects for children with learning difficulties and promote organizational sustainability.
I hold MSc. in Development Studies from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Tecchnology, Kumasi, Ghana; BA in Communication Studies from the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Accra, Ghana; and Certificate in Teaching Struggling Children Around the World from the World Learning and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?
I'm committed to professional excellence, life-long learning and partnership building. I want to join the HundrED Community to learn, share and exchange knowledge and ideas with a network of innovative educators and changemakers, making exceptional difference in promoting equitable access to inclusive and quality for all learners. I believe my membership will help me to scale up impact by learning about educational innovations being implemented to address the myriads of challenges hindering children with learning difficulties from acquiring basic literacy and numeracy skills, and achieving their educational dreams.
I recognize education as the centerpiece of building human capacity and improving national economies. Education is a life-changing tool that's essential for discovering and developing the huge reserves of both manifest and latent talents of students. Education equips students with knowledge and skills, and makes them gain control of their lives to work to improve their own lives and the lives of other people, as well find solutions to political, environmental, and socio-economic problems in their communities.What role does innovation play in education change?
The society is in a state of flux with widespread effects on all sectors of the economy. Innovation in education is required to ensure that cutting-edge technologies and quality instruction are effected to meet high educational standards to effectively respond to the needs of all learners to acquire skills and utilize their talents to confront present-day developmental challenges.