Beyond hunger, some learners experience further barriers to learning. Some of these include various visual or hearing deficits, or dyslexia and various language difficulties. The latter include those associated with autism; motor  coordination or perceptual difficulties; or those who experience emotional disturbance associated with the trauma of abuse. A specific funding injection was received in August 2017 to support a pilot group of learners who have experienced emotional difficulties.

So, the Smart Club was born: Our aim is to fill the educational gaps which in many cases are undetected and not addressed.

The Smart Club now operates fully at both of our schools, helping to subsidize professional support for learners with a variety of learning difficulties, when parents/guardians are unable to afford such support due to a lack of funds.

Here are some of the areas in which we have assisted struggling learners.  Unfortunately, funding levels may adversely affect our ability to offer these services on a regular basis:

Eye and hearing tests

Occupational and Speech and Language Therapy assessments and follow-up treatment sessions.

Play Therapy or Counselling for children traumatized by violence or loss

Assessments by a Paediatric Neurologist in cases of suspected Attention Deficit Disorder (with or without hyperactivity) or Autism Spectrum Disorder

Diagnosis of dyslexia by an experienced Educational Psychologist

Qualified Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Specialised Learning Support in English and Maths.

To date, the Smart Club, despite a Covid and funding related break over 2020,  has supported the learning of some hundreds of young learners at both Good Hope Seminary Junior and St Mary’s Primary Schools.



“I am very happy because it seems as if things are going well and we are looking forward to working with you. Thank you very much for your efforts and pushing us, explaining to us exactly how the medication works and why we need it [Ritalin]. Where we are from, these types of medications are still seen as a taboo so we just want to say thank you again for supporting and helping us.”

A transcribed voice message from the father of a grade two pupil, thanking the Good Start Trust for supporting  them in obtaining the proper medications to ensure his child can reach their fullest academic potential.

Our present funding will only stretch so far. Help us to ensure the ongoing work of The Smart Club and help growing minds by donating to The Good sStart Trust.