The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lither, on Monday paid a visit to the Dzorwulu Special School during which she presented gifts to the school. The gifts included stationery, toys, confectionery, drinks and toiletries.
Nana Oye, who also spent the Easter holiday with the inmates, said the visit was to show love and care to the vulnerable in the society as we celebrated Easter.
She said officials of the ministry would visit the home again and other special homes in Accra on May 25, 2014, which marks the African Union Day.
She, therefore, encouraged corporate societies and benevolent individuals to assist in the worthy cause of putting smiles on the children’s face. Intervention
Nana Oye announced that the government was making efforts to register eligible graduates from special schools in Ghana to benefit from the Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) programme.
She said the graduates would be screened after which the eligible ones would be placed on the programme to provide a source of livelihood for the young adults who would graduate from the special school.
She added that the intervention had become necessary because some of the students could not do certain jobs after school. Moreover, most corporate bodies did not employ the intellectually disabled (ID) persons; a situation which left them on the street after schooling.
People with disabilities in Ghana are often regarded as unproductive and incapable of contributing positively to society. Instead, they are regarded as an economic burden on the family and the society at large and this leaves them in a vicious circle of poverty.
The minister, therefore, encouraged corporate organisations to accept ID persons and give them the opportunity to exhibit what they had to offer. Minister commended
The Headmistress of the school, Mrs Veronica Sackey, thanked the minister for the visit , the gifts for the children and for leading the vulnerable to express their concerns to President John Dramani Mahama, which has led to the free registration of more than 165 children of the school for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
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