Monday, May 25, 2020

Klicks Africa Foundation supports Special Needs Mother with Rent Advance

Klicks Africa Foundation, a non-governmental organization that trains Youth with special needs in vocation skills has paid a rent advance of 7200 cedis for Madam Asabea Otupiri Darko, a Single mother of a teen with cerebral palsy

Klicks Africa Foundation made the donation following a story aired by TV3 about the challenges Madam Asabea was facing in this Covid 19 period as a single mother raising a youth with cerebral palsy.

Mrs Mary Amoah Kuffuor, Executive Director of Klicks Africa Foundation said the amount is for two years rent advance for Madam Asabea and her son.

She expressed gratitude to all who contributed to make the donation possible.

Klicks Africa Foundation also run a resource centre that trains youth with disability with self-help skills as well as build their social and emotional skills.

Madam Asabea Otupiri Darko, who was facing ejection from her Landlord, expressed her gratitude for the gesture

The Special Mothers Project is an advocacy and awareness creation programme on cerebral palsy issues and issues affecting families raising children with special needs

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Let’s begin to look into virtual teaching - Educationist

Ms Eunice Araba Turkson, an educational consultant based in the United States has called on educational authorities to begin looking into virtual teaching as an option to effectively educate all children regardless of educational status

She said, innovation and creativity were crucial as far as education, especially inclusive education was concerned. Students are more likely to synthesize the information taught them, bringing more joy and making their educational experience more meaningful.

Ms Turkson who recently participated in a webinar dubbed:" Inclusive Education: Before, during and after Covid 19," told the Special Mothers Project that all children were missing out on a lot of things during this period.

“Children all over the world are missing out on a lot of things including social and emotional interactions. This is because children are not going to school and school services are not going to them"

She suggested that for Inclusive education to be effective, classrooms could adopt a co-teaching approach where every classroom will have one general education teacher and a special educator, working collaboratively to achieve a common goal of educating all children in their classroom.

Co-teaching she said will enable the teachers to complement each other and teachers could serve as positive role models for their students.

“Children pick on the behaviours of adults around them and in co-teaching, teachers need to be intentional about modelling positive behaviours for children to emulate.

This teaching model, as well as others could be explored in an effort to achieve effective inclusive education in Ghanaian schools, Ms Turkson added

The Special Mothers Project is an advocacy and awareness creation programme on cerebral palsy issues and issues affecting families raising children with special needs

Friday, May 22, 2020

Adehye Special Home looking for partners

Adehye Special Home, a facility that supports children and persons with developmental delays with self-help skills and vocational training programmes is looking for partners to enable them expand their reach

The home apart from running the support facility also creates self-help groups for parents living within Agona Swedru and Gomoa in the central region.

Mrs Susan Larbi, Executive Director of Adehye Special Home, told the Special Mothers Project that they have acquired a land to build a rehabilitation centre but need partners to enable them fulfil the vision.

“The rehabilitation centre will provide professional care and treatment for all persons with disability who needs the services,” Mrs Larbi said

She said she strongly believes in the need for people to join forces to support the special needs community, saying, “It comes with a huge responsibility and I do not think one person can do it all”.

Mrs Larbi who is also a mother of a child with Autism said she is able to supports children with all kinds of disability in her facility but needs help.

“We do not have funding and so we are unable to admit a lot of students at a time, we are unable to pay our facilitators due to lack of funding, we have a large number of community members who are unable to access the limited services we provide due to the challenges,” she said.

Mrs Larbi said: “I started visiting homes to provide therapy and I have been able to train two facilitators, however, the number of families that needs our services within our catchment communities are overwhelming.”

She said to complement her efforts she has formed small self-help groups within the catchment communities but will appreciate partners who will join forces with her organization to achieve more

The Special Mothers Project is an advocacy and awareness creation programme on cerebral palsy issues and issues affecting families raising children with disabilities