Two primary schools, one in Lija and the other in Żebbuġ, have been given the Dyslexia Friendly Award.
The award is an initiative by the Specific Learning Difficulties Services, through the Directorate of Learning Programmes and Assessment, which falls within the Ministry for Education.
The service indicates that 9% of the school population between Year 4 and Year 11 is experiencing dyslexic type difficulties.
Minister for Education Owen Bonnici lauded such initiatives, as they help to ensure more inclusivity within schools from an early age. He said that 28 schools have embarked on the Dyslexia Friendly Initiative.
The Heads of School of Lija and Żebbuġ have presented an overview of how they created awareness of dyslexia with teachers, parents and students, and have given an overview of the multisensory strategies they implemented, as well as on their experience of becoming dyslexia friendly.
The Dyslexia Friendly Schools Initiative was launched in 2015. The team in charge illustrated the required multisensory strategies for reading, spelling and study, which are essential for students with dyslexia, but also beneficial for all to the schools that showed interest. The Specific Learning Difficulties Service includes a team of 19 educators who are specialised in dyslexia and in ways of supporting students who are experiencing dyslexic-type difficulties.