The National Resource Centre for Children with Disabilities, an NGO committed to the inclusion of children with disabilities, will in September this year, open a model inclusive school that welcomes all children to school.
The school located at Agbogba in Accra was adopted by the African Rights Initiative International and refurbished, with the support of Ecobank Foundation, has an assessment unit, counselling and placement unit, academic resource centre, sick bay, conference room for teachers and other facilities to cater for children with all kinds of Disabilities.
As part of preparation to have a smooth opening and operations of the school in September, Ms Cynthia Tysick, Associate Professor at the Department of Education in the University of Buffalo is in Ghana to train various stakeholders on disability issues as well as on inclusive education.
So far, Ms Tysick has had training with the Education Directorate at the Ga East Municipal Assembly and had also trained personnel in non-governmental organizations engaged in advocacy on disability issues
Mr Prince Oduro, Founder and Executive Director of the African Rights Initiative International (ARII) told the Special Mothers Project, an advocacy and awareness creation programme on cerebral palsy issues that the Agbogba Anglican School is a government school and thus affordable to all.
He said the ARII and the National Resource Centre for Children with Disabilities (NRCCD) has engaged with various stakeholders ensure that the school becomes a real inclusive model for other schools to follow
Mr Paul Anoma-Kodee, Executive Director of the NRCCD, who is leading the Model Inclusive School project said opening the school in September is the first concrete step towards ensuring that we move from talking about inclusive education to actually implementing inclusive education.
The Special Mothers Project is an advocacy and awareness creation programme on cerebral palsy issues, the project uses the media to advocate and promote issues on disability and inclusion.
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