Welcome to SAALED

A learning difficulty is a condition that can cause an individual to experience problems in a traditional classroom learning context. It may interfere with literacy skills development and mathematics and can also affect memory, ability to focus and organisational skills. SAALED is the leading Southern African organisation concerned with the field of special educational needs.


More About Us

Inclusive education focuses on integrating and guaranteeing special educational needs of pupils with various forms of disabilities in mainstream schools. SAALED offers a platform for educators to share knowledge and experiences as well as provide access to one’s peers in order to become better educators.

Learn By Doing

By joining the organisation you will become part of an interdisciplinary network of people concerned with a wide range of aspects of support for learning.


SAALED’s Mission & Vision

SAALED’s mission is to inform and educate teachers on learning and educational difficulties ensuring that all learners, with and without disabilities, pursue their learning potential to the fullest.

SAALED’s vision is to facilitate the promotion and implementation of inclusive education through information, support, collaboration, advocacy and training


Our Upcoming Events & Webinars



Study Skills
Paul Tosio is the developer and director of the Easy Cheetah Study Skills Program and its predecessor The Juno Study Course. In this capacity he has trained study skills around the world with students from hundreds of educational institutions.

Event Info


Come join Paul Tosio, an international learning specialist and Oxford Qualified Psychologist, in exploring some of “The Foundations of Effective Learning”. Using his background as both a psychologist and an actor (he worked on stage for years, and holds an additional Master’s degree specialising in Educational Drama and Theatre) Paul has trained learning skills to students at hundreds of top schools on five continents under his study skills banner “Easy Cheetah” ( He has given study skills talks to students from over 300 schools world wide, and is acknowledged as a leading study skills specialist.

“I am so pleased that SAALED reached out to me about this event. I love interacting with teachers, as it allows me to give a little insight into a fundamental aspect of being human. Because curiosity and learning are INNATE to being human! I think most teachers know this, but being able to enkindle some extra insight into that regard can then mean a flame that spreads to their students. Given SAALED’s mission of helping students who often learn differently, I think it’s especially useful to consider the ways in which learning naturally occurs – to empower these students to fulfil their potential.”

The talk will cover topics including memory, reading strategy and concentration – and how you can make these easier for your students in the classroom.

22 September 2022 at 18h00 – 19h30 via Microsoft Teams.



Taming the Teenager and the Betweenager – this informative webinar will offer advice on how to deal with moody and truculent teens.  The presenter is a well known educator and ex principal of Cape Town’s Fish Hoek High School, who has interacted with thousands of teens during his career.
Gavin Fish

Event Info

Details of the webinar will be communicated at a later date

Please note that webinar topics and dates are subject to change.




Informative articles on education, learning difficulties, knowledge sharing can be found here.

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De-emphasizing speed in Math

Andi Behrmann Anxiety around Mathematics is defined as feelings of tension and anxiety that interfere with the manipulation of numbers and the solving of mathematical problems. Math anxiety can cause one to forget and lose one’s self-confidence. Decreasing anxiety...

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SAALED does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all our members. View our Privacy Policy here.