A pilot program to implement the policy of building the capacity of public school teachers to effectively teach students with special needs alongside regular students has started.
The inclusive policy is part of a strategic path for the education of all children with special educational needs and is based on sections of the 1992 Constitution, the National Development Program, the Strategic Plan for Education and International commitments.
All aim to achieve national and international goals to create an environment to meet the diverse educational needs of Ghanaians.
It is implemented by the Shout Africa Foundation (SAF) and its affiliate, Future of Ghana-Germany, which has partnered with the Special Education Division of the Ghana Education Service (GES), through the Ministry education.
Education Minister Dr Yaw Adutwum praised the initiative and commended the foundation for the work it was doing.
“I am overwhelmed to see an NGO take on such a challenge to improve our education sector for good. We hope this partnership will go a long way in improving our education system now and in the future. We are indeed grateful to the Shout. Africa Foundation “.
The president of the Shout Africa Foundation, Mr. Jimmy Eko-Acquah, said the goal of the project, which would officially begin on October 3, 2021, was to improve standards, programs and focus on development. teachers in the country.
He said his organization believed in the country’s education system and expressed hope that it would improve the standards of schools to accommodate students with special educational needs.
Future Ghana-Germany President Tanja Scheffler called on legal entities and philanthropists to support the Ministry of Education to promote inclusive education.
This, he explained, was necessary because some teachers and tutors lacked awareness and information on how to treat children with disabilities, making them vulnerable to discrimination.
“I think the time has come to create more awareness, information and patronage on the topic of disability and inclusion in our societies. We must work hard to eliminate discrimination among others in the future. “, did he declare.
The program is sponsored by GIZ-CIM in Ghana and will involve vocational trainers from Ghana and Germany who will share their knowledge and create a vocational training manual.
According to the schedule of the pilot project, there will be teacher interaction and training in Ghana from October 4 to 8 and inclusive awareness festival on October 9, 2021. From October 11, 2021 to April 4, 2022 will be devoted to monitoring and evaluation. The team will also visit teachers in their schools to see their contribution.
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