Visually impaired student appeals for educational facilities

By
Edmund Quaynor, GNA

Akropong-Akuapem
(E/R), Dec. 10, GNA – Master Lord Opoku Sarkodea, the Senior Prefect of
Akropong School For the Blind, has appealed to government to provide the needed
facilities for people with disability to enable them further their education.

He called on the
Ghana Education Service to ensure that educational materials for public special
schools for the disabled are made available on time and in the right
quantities.

Master Sarkodea was
speaking at the celebration of the International Day for Persons With
Disability in the Akuapem North Municipality at Akropong.

The programme was
organized by the International Child Development  Programme (ICDP) in partnership with  the Akuapem North  Municipal Assembly Directorate of the Ghana
Education Service  under the Strategic
Approaches to Girls Education (STAGE) Project.

The STAGE project is
a five year initiative which is being implemented by World Education
Incorporated, a civil society organisation, and funded by the United Kingdom
Department of International Development (DFID).

Master Sarkodea
called for adequate motivation of teachers who teach at the special schools to
encourage them to do their best.

He called on
government to make conscious efforts at promoting respect for the rights of
people living with disabilities.

Ms Elizabeth Korkor
Amanor, the Akuapem North Municipal Director of Education, called on parents
with children with disability not to hide their children but to bring them out
and send them to school.

She said conscious
efforts are needed for young people to develop positive attitudes towards
people with disability.

Ms Amanor called on
children with disability to be guided by the achievements of their senior
colleagues who have been successful in life.

Ms Elizabeth
Agyemang of the Department of Social Welfare, who spoke on behalf of the
Akuapem North Municipal Assembly, said government has put in place measures to
ensure that people with disabilities are mainstreamed in all government
policies and programmes.

She said government
has put in place measures to ensure that people with disabilities are employed
by state agencies and also ensure the effective application of the disability
fund under the District Assembly Common Fund.

Akrahene Nana Asare,
who chaired the function, called for the implementation of the law which
requires that public buildings are made disability friendly.

He called for
special attention to be given to special schools for youth with disabilities.

The STAGE
intervention focuses on providing vocational training to 12,600 girls between
the ages of 15-19years who are out of school and teach 7,500 girls and
transition them to the formal education system within five years.    

GNA

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