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Regional Convention For Blind

2007-09-05 15:15:37
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The Wa School for the Blind is among eight schools selected by government to undertake post junior secondary school technical and vocational programmes for disabled students throughout the country.

The schools are expected to ensure equal emphasis on academic, technical and vocational education for disabled students to equip them with the necessary skills to enable them to contribute to national development.

The schools would also ensure that disabled students participate in all national activities that their counterparts in regular schools undertake.

Mr. George Hikah Benson, Upper West Regional Minister, announced this in a speech read for him at the Regional Convention of Ghana Association For the Blind in Wa .

The Convention was on the theme: "The role of the Blind in the Upper West Region-The way forward".

Mr. Benson said government was mindful of the challenges facing special schools and would provide the needed physical infrastructure, logistics and textbooks for the development of such educational facilities.

He called on Ghanaians to give equal attention to disabled children to encourage them to develop their talents and skills for the benefit of society as was being done to normal children.

Mr. Benson urged members of the association to educate the public on national topical issues such as the National Identification Programme, which was yet to commence.

Mr. Benson said the plight of disabled persons and the marginalized were of much concern to the Government hence the enactment of the Disability Law.

He called on individuals and organisations to collaborate efforts to ensure the implemented of the law, adding, "This, requires strong advocacy by civil society organisations and other groups as well as the government and all other stakeholders."

Mr. Benson urged disabled persons to apply for assistance through government policies such as the National Youth Employment Programme and the micro-finance and small-scale loans schemes.

Mr. Benjamin Domakye, Regional Chairman of the Association, said the association in collaboration with the non-formal education division had organised functional literacy training for some of its members and held radio discussions to sensitise the public on disability issues.

He said these were helping to develop the minds and perceptions of the public to think positively towards the blind and other disabled persons.

He appealed to the government to consider persons with disabilities in the NYEP and also provide equipment, teaching and learning materials for the special schools to improve their academic performance.


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