Established in 2009, the Special School for Intellectual Disability And Down Syndrome in the Yilo State basic school in the Yilo Krobo Municipality of the Eastern Region, with a current population of 17 pupils, is confronted with some challenges that call for immediate attention to provide the school with support for academic work.
According to Mr. Daniel Dugbaza, a senior special educator of the school, the population of the school remains low due to absence of a bus to convey pupils from distant and far places while the general living conditions are not the best for pupils with special needs.
Speaking about the situations the school is going through in an interview with Rite FM, Madam Regina decried the unfriendly conditions of the school for children suffering from intellectual disability and down syndrome and indicated that most of the pupils came to school with empty stomach and that, teachers had to share their food with the pupils for them to remain focused during teaching and learning periods.
She was therefore appealing to the government through the Ghana Education Service to come to their aid via the school feeding programme.
Madam Regina could not hide her anger on parents’ negligible attitude towards their children with disabilities, adding that some parents dumped their children into the school praying that the school should not close for the child to return home.
It was for this reason that Madam Regina said the school have made efforts for a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) to come to their assistance by building a separate Special school which will detach the special school from the mainstream school in order to house the special pupils.
However, according to madam Regina, the community was not able to provide lands for the project due to certain traditional demands from the chief which in the end dissuaded the (NGO) from assisting in the project.
Rite 90.1 FM, the station for Agric and Social Development is currently running an advocacy program to promote inclusive education in the country, where children and persons living with disabilities are the focus.
STAR-Ghana in support of Rite FM with funding from DANIDA, European Union and Ukaid is advocating for quality education for children living with Disabilities in the Yilo Krobo and it environs.
Source: Rita Nkansahfirstname.lastname@example.org