Involve disability interest groups in procurement of educational materials-NGO
Ho, July 10, GNA -Mr Eric Ofori, Co-ordinator of New Horizon Foundation of the Blind (NHFB), has stressed the urgent need for the authorities to involve representatives of disability advocacy groups in the procurement processes of educational materials.
He said the resource material needs of the People with Disabilities (PWDs) in schools currently, was grossly out of consonance with the state’s apparent passion to promote the interests of PWDs in schools.
Mr Ofori made the call at a Round-table Discussion on the Learning Needs of Persons with Visual Disabilities, held in Ho on Wednesday.
NHFB is a Ho-based NGO, formed to build the capacity of children and youth with visual impairment, to voice out their rights and promote inclusive education.
Mr Ofori said the interests of PWDs should be high in the tendering process of contracts in Education.
He said there were many pupils with different levels of visual impairment, without the appropriate and adequate materials to reach their educational optimum.
He regretted that even with the passage of the Disability Act in Ghana eight years ago, access of PWDs to some public buildings, were fixed as after thoughts, and not part of original plans.
Seth Kwasi Nyame, Ghana Education Service (GES) National Coordinator, Low Vision, observed that it was unfortunate that people with various disabilities in schools who were without adequate learning tools were made to take the same examinations with colleagues without special needs.
Three students of Ho Mawuli School, with visual impairments listed lack of learning materials, such as the braille, and resource teachers, as some of their problems.
Adidome Senior High School, which is Inclusive Education compliant, in a report, indicated that it had permanent resource centre.
That school, the situation report said, has open gutters which results in students with visual impairments suffering injuries from falls.
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