Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2007
Hill Preparatory School


This profile was prepared when Clare Wavamunno was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
The New Idea
Clare believes that children with learning disabilities need to be integrated into the education system with their peers—not quarantined in special schools. Her model school, Hill Preparatory School, places children with special learning needs with children with normal learning abilities in the same environment—allowing interaction, while providing special attention to the former. Hill Preparatory is the first school of its kind in the country; with her original materials for teachers and accompanying Tool kit for parents, developed to guide the children’s learning and growth process.
A number of schools, both elementary and secondary, have sprung up based on the Hill Preparatory model. This reflects the heightened awareness of the need for integration of this marginalized group in the government and private sector. Clare’s learning model answers the essential “how-to” questions posed by national level institutions focused on special education and set up after Hill Preparatory School. Building from this growing base of support, Clare is transforming both the structure and system of primary level education across the country.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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