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Akuapem North District to benefit from inclusive education project

By Bertha
Badu-Agyei/Benjamin Akoto, GNA

Akropong-Akuapem (E/R), Aug. 3, GNA – The Akuapem
North District Assembly shall benefit from an all inclusive education and
gender equality project to ensure that children with disabilities and special
needs are not denied access to education.

The project, which would be piloted in 25
communities in the district, is being implemented by the International Child
Development Programme (ICDP) a non-governmental organization with funding from
Star-Ghana, a pool of donor resources.

This was made known at a meeting of various
stakeholders including traditional and opinion leaders of the various
communities, special education teachers from the education directorate and
officers of the social and community development at Akropong.

The theme for the meeting was: “Increase the
effectiveness of citizen’s influence for change that advance democracy,
accountability and social inclusion”.

Mrs Joyce Larnyoh, the Country Director of ICDP, in
an interview with GNA, said the project objective is to empower marginalized
children within the project communities to help them learn some useful
vocation.

Additionally, she said, the project would also be
addressing issues of parents with children with disabilities by engaging them
and supporting them to ensure that such children were not marginalized in the
community.

She said the inclusive education policy stipulates
that children with disability and special education needs are entitled to be in
the main stream education, except those with special cases who will be referred
to the special schools; however, this is not the accurate situation on the
ground.

Mrs Larnyoh said under the project, the capacity of
stakeholders particularly teachers would be enhanced for them to appreciate
prevailing trends on how to support children with special education needs in
the classroom.

Madam Rose Offei, the Head of Special Education at
the Presbyterian College of Education, said sign language is critical in
ensuring that the hearing impaired had access to education and healthcare.

She said her outfit would support the project by
providing free sign language tuition teachers in the public sector and other
social workers in the implementing communities to enable them communicate
effectively with people in need.

GNA

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