Elisa Genovesi

Thesis title:

Development and pilot evaluation of a programme to help teachers support children with developmental disorders in mainstream school settings in Ethiopia


Unmet educational needs have been identified as one of the largest service gaps for children with developmental disorders in Ethiopia.

The main aim of my PhD is the co-development, piloting and evaluation of an inclusive education task-sharing intervention based on a low-resource and easily-delivered manualised training of mainstream primary-school teachers, aimed to promote effective support to children with developmental disorders. The intervention will be developed through stakeholders’ consultations and will be informed by:

– A qualitative exploratory study of the context, investigating the perspectives of key stakeholders on the education needs of children with developmental disorders and ways to meet them, and attitudes, barriers and facilitators for the inclusive education of these children in mainstream primary schools;
-A mapping exercise of existing available teacher training materials for inclusive education, especially in low-resource settings, to identify relevant evidence-based resources that can be incorporated in the intervention.

The programme will be piloted at selected mainstream primary schools in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where teachers working in inclusive classrooms will be trained in the intervention. This will then be evaluated through process indicators and qualitative data collection on the feasibility, acceptability and perceived effectiveness of the programme.

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First supervisor:

Rosa Hoekstra

Second supervisor:

Charlotte Hanlon


2 – Life Course, Psychology, & Health