The 3rd of December marks the annual celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) around the world.
For this year, the theme “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality” is focused on empowering PWDs for their inclusive, equitable and sustainable development envisioned in the 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goal which pledges to ‘leave no one behind’.
In the realization of this focus, especially among children with disabilities in Ghana, the Central Regional President of the Ghana Federation of Persons with Disability organizations, Nana George Frimpong has called on government to increase initiatives and policies that will improve effective inclusiveness in education among children with special needs.
“For the visually impaired child to be effectively taught in the classroom he needs more than 40 Cedis. Though it is a big social protection policy the government of Ghana has achieved, for children with special needs especially children with visual impairment it is nothing to write home about. So we are talking about the equalization of opportunities for all children as far as the sustainable development goals are concerned. We are not asking government to revise everything, though the compulsory basic education is working as well as the free SHS, there is a lot the government must provide with support from the Special Educational Unit for children with special educational needs in our various schools”.
Nana George Frimpong said there is the need to strengthen the education among all stakeholders to ensure positive attitude and the enabling environment for Children with special needs.
“How many people are aware of this inclusive education monitoring tools to ensure that people with special educational needs, are being accommodated with the needed staff and child centered pedagogy needed to accommodate them in the regular classroom? Apart from the government, we are asking all stakeholders in the ministry, parents, teachers, supporting staff, collaborating agencies that there is the need for them to move from negative discriminating attitude to ensure a positive a positive discriminating attitude to ensure that there is effective education for all special needs children in Ghana”.
Source: ABA AIKINS/ATL FM NEWS