The Epicentre is an educational and rehabilitative center located in New Gbawe, a western suburb of Accra, Ghana. We provide special education to children and young adults with developmental disabilities and offer physical therapy. We have students with various conditions including Autism, Intellectual Disability, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome.
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The Epicentre is a non-profit, non-governmental organization launched in 2013 to provide “only the best inclusive services” to children with developmental disabilities.
Mission & Vision:
The mission of The Epicentre is to raise the quality of special education and therapies for children and young adults with developmental disabilities in the Weija Gbawe Municipality by combining the best in high-quality, individualized education with community-based rehabilitation services. We also seek to reduce the stigmatization surrounding disability in our community through educational and recreational projects that benefit young adults and families in our community of all ages and abilities.
The vision of The Epicentre is to provide high-quality special education and therapies to all children living in the Greater Accra region of Ghana regardless of their family’s income-level. Our current facility in New Gbawe can hold up to forty students at full capacity.
We opened our doors to students in September 2013.
Here is our story as told by the Chief Executive Officer:
“We faced a question that many parents in our situation in Ghana do. Are there any schools that would cater positively for our daughter’s particular special needs? After trying out a couple of schools with mixed results, we thought: why not do something for ourselves and, more importantly, for her? What started as a little humble abode of a second home for the family became our solution, and here we are today. The Epicentre impacts lives and the local community positively. Bad roads and long journeys have not dampened our resolve. Great things sometimes do start small!”
New Gbawe Campus:
The Epicentre’s primary campus is located in New Gbawe about fifteen minutes from Mallam Station. To locate our center, use these maps and directions. Our facility has five classrooms, a physical therapy unit, a modern kitchen, spacious bathrooms, and an outdoor sports court. The center is fully accessible to children using wheelchairs or with other mobility needs.
The Epicentre is one of the very few special education centers in the Weija Gbawe Municipality. As a result, we face a high demand for services, but families in the area are often low-income and unable to afford.
Strengths & Challenges:
The strengths of The Epicentre:
- State-of-the-art, newly renovated, fully accessible facility in New Gbawe
- Dedicated founding team with strong international perspectives about disability
- Commitment to providing “only the best” special education and therapies
- Serving diverse socioeconomic backgrounds
The challenges facing The Epicentre:
- Low-income families needing services and high-cost of providing high-quality services
- Cultural stigmas about the worth of investing in education for a child with a developmental disability
- Road infrastructure outside of our center is inaccessible and washed-out
- Due to poor roads, distance of travel to the center can seem high to commuters
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