A walkathon set to raise funds and awareness for dyslexia is scheduled for early March, the organisers of the event have said.
Inspire Tutors fundraising and sustainability manager, Natasha Mkaronda said dyslexia like many other disabilities remains highly misunderstood in Zimbabwe while those affected continue to suffer in silence.
“Dyslexia like many other disabilities is a highly misunderstood concept in the African culture. Dyslexia is a genetic condition. It is not a disease nor a measurement of intelligence but rather a neurological condition which affects one’s literacy skills.
“We will be hosting a walkathon to raise funds for dyslexia which will go out to support all the children affected by the disability that we are supporting. The fund will benefit and assist our students at Harare Children’s Home and the other children’s homes we work with.
“The even set for March 2 at Mukuvisi Woodlands will be held under the theme: #Walk4Dyslexia”.
Dyslexia, a word originating from the Greek language where “Dys” refers to difficulty and “lexia” referring to with words, according to the World Health Organisation it is a brain-based condition. A disorder manifested by difficulty in learning to read, despite conventional instructions, adequate intelligence and socio-cultural opportunity. It is dependent upon fundamental cognitive disabilities which are of constitutional origin.
Dyslexics tend to read and write at a level below their age mates, the dyslexic brain has difficulty learning to read and write since they tend to read and convert letters into words differently and much slower than other people.
Babies with Dyslexia crawl, walk and talk later than other babies, they may seem clumsier than usual and have poor hand-eye coordination.
“The most common symptoms would be the confusion of the letters and sounds for example b d p and q which to a Dyslexic child may look rather similar, dyslexic children may show disinterest in reading and writing, most dyslexics have illegible handwriting, difficulty in rhyming and they may reverse letters and numbers. Due to their slow academic development
“Dyslexic children usually end up being put in the “Special Class” at school and seldom get help at a young age. Children with learning disabilities are often bullied, have low self-esteem, struggle to make friends and are often misunderstood by their family and friends. Dyslexics have strengths in problem solving like puzzle solving, they are natural creatives always full of ideas,” Mkaronda said.