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Inclusive education must feature in development plans of Assemblies


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By
Samuel Akumatey, GNA    

Ho, Aug. 6, GNA – The
Organisations of People with Disabilities (OPWDs) have asked Metropolitan,
Municipal and District Assemblies to make inclusive education a key feature in
their medium term development plans.

Lakeside Disability
Rights Advocacy Initiative, New Horizon Foundation of the Blind, and Kekeli
Foundation Ghana, at a consultative

By
Samuel Akumatey, GNA
    

Ho, Aug. 6, GNA – The
Organisations of People with Disabilities (OPWDs) have asked Metropolitan,
Municipal and District Assemblies to make inclusive education a key feature in
their medium term development plans.

Lakeside Disability
Rights Advocacy Initiative, New Horizon Foundation of the Blind, and Kekeli
Foundation Ghana, at a consultative meeting in Ho outlined some thematic areas
on inclusive education and urged the Assemblies to adopt them.

The top priority was
for a policy on budget allocation at the Assembly level for inclusive education
to support and encourage people living with disabilities to be in school.

The group asked the
Ghana Education Service (GES) to ensure that the West African Examinations
Council considered the needs of candidates with disabilities and modify ways of
examining them other than the current format.

The OPWDs also called
for data collection on PWDs and asked that GES and the Department of Social
Welfare to create a database for PWDs for easy monitoring.

Another key
recommendation was that, the Assemblies should ensure that infrastructural
development was friendly to PWDs, especially at public places, particularly
schools.

Other recommendations
included the extension of the National Health Insurance Scheme to cover all
PWDs without the payment of premiums, and the placement of more people living
with disabilities on the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty programme.

GNA


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