The need for a curriculum in the special need schools across the country has been a topic of discussion as many believe that the Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a curriculum on it own and should be used to teach our special learners. The position of Unique Seed Educational Consult (USEC) is quite different. We believe the IEP should be rigidly followed to the latter, but we also believe there should be a curriculum in place. The curriculum will contain activities and subjects for all students while the IEP will take care of the individual needs and targets.

The IEP is an individualized education programme put together by the teacher, parents and therapists in an attempt to assist the learner in the best possible way. The curriculum, in the other hand, is the bigger umbrella which covers all IEPs. The curriculum and the IEP are, therefore, both used side-by-side in order to reach out to the needs and challenges of learners.

In order to ensure that all students with special needs can be engaged in meaningful learning experiences at home, USEC believes placing the children in different curriculum after assessment will aid the IEP in delivering a holistic learning experience to the learner.

We, therefore, outlined three different levels of curriculum aimed at different group of learners based on their academic level per our assessments. Level one or basic curriculum, Level two or main curriculum and Level three or vocational curriculum.

The basic curriculum is for younger learners from 1 to 6 years with intellectual disability or special needs. This curriculum is also used for older learners who have not been to school or have achieved little during their many years of schooling.

This curriculum is designed to increase the learner’s

  • attention span
  • cognitive skills
  • fine and gross motor skills
  • fundamental communication skills
  • introduction of quantity
  • social skills
  • daily living skills
  • life skills, inter alia.

The curriculum is 90% practical and 10% theoretical. Students use projects, real life events to learn and achieve their goals right in the comfort of their homes and also through other social intervention programmes.

The main curriculum or level 2 is for learners from 7 to 12 years with intellectual disability or special need. The main curriculum can also be used for older students who have not been to school before or have achieved little during their many years of schooling. Learners who successfully pass our academic assessment of level 1 are qualified to start from level 2.

Special needs education is continuous process so there is the need to refresh learner’s mind from the basic curriculum, but the tutor will depend heavily on additional or new activities and taking into account the targets stated in the learner’s IEP.

The level 2 curriculum is, therefore, designed to help learners develop the following:

  • attention span
  • cognitive skills
  • fine and gross motor skills
  • fundamental communication skills
  • introduction of quantity
  • social skills
  • daily living skills
  • life skills among others.
  • numeracy skills
  • literacy skills

The main curriculum is also flexible and easily adaptable to cater for individual needs in the comfort of their homes.  The flexible learning approaches by our trained teachers ensure learner’s choice in content, sequence, method, time and place of learning. The curriculum does not limit the learner to learn only at home, but also at any other place of convenience. Therefore, it is not out of place for our students to learn at any of the malls, playgrounds, food and beverage industries, among others.

The vocational curriculum or level 3 accommodates learners from the ages of 13 to 18 or older learners who successfully pass the academic assessment of the previous two levels and are ready to take on a vocational skill. The previous curriculum will try to identify skills or talents in learners in order to place them on the appropriate vocations or right path. At this level, it is believed the learner already has reached the pick of learning numeracy and literacy so the focal point is where next? Activities in this curriculum are not necessarily at home, but also on the field where the child can make maximum use of time learning the right skills needed in the world of work.

This curriculum includes the list of vocations below, but not limited to:

  • Fine Arts
  • Basketry (mat, door mat weaving), etc.
  • Photography
  • Sewing
  • Carpentry 
  • Food and beverage industry work (such as packaging, assembling, cleaning, arranging), etc.
  • Acting
  • Hair dressing
  • Beauty therapy
  • Nail fixing
  • Advertising sales/online
  • Sports/athletics
  • Broadcasting ( Radio, TV)
  • Child care work
  • Comedies
  • Painting
  • Cosmetology
  • Dancing
  • Laundry work
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Fashion designing
  •  Flight attendant services
  • Fundraising
  • Cleaning service work
  • Gardening
  • Graphic designing
  • Interior designing
  • Massage therapy
  • Modelling
  • Music
  • Pharmacy aid services
  • News reporting / journalism
  • Writing

Our special children have the right to dream, and as parents and educationist, we cannot stop them from dreaming, but provide them with necessary guidelines to achieve their dreams.

We make it possible