Thursday, November 17, 2022

La-Nkwantanang Madina Municipal Education office engages stakeholders on GEOP


The La-Nkwantanang Madina Municpal Education office has engaged stakeholders on a programme that seeks to reintegrate out of school children into the educational system.

Under the project, the Ghana Education Service will through its implementing agency train, re-integrate and retain out-of-school children in the 600 plus beneficiary schools as well as improve learning gain/outcomes in these schools

The Project, Ghana Education Outcomes Project (GEOP) stems out of the Ghana Accountability for Learning Outcomes Project (GALOP), a five-year project with the objective to improve the quality of education in low-performing basic education schools and strengthen education sector equity and accountability in Ghana.

Ms Amelia Dzifa Atiegar, Public Relations Officer of La-Nkwantanang municipal of education who briefed stakeholders on GEOP said existing data from the Ghana Statistical Service on the number of out-of-school children in the country (2010/20 Census) indicate a high prevalence of out-of-school children.

“The need to follow the successes chalked from the Complementary Basic Education (CBE) programme by Ghana Education Service which resulted in over 200,000 children going back to school,” she said.

She said that over the years, Ghana has made significant progress in improving learning outcomes in schools and getting children back into schools through policy direction.

However, existing data from the UNESCO Institute of Statistics (USI, 2020) indicates that, for Primary (6-11 years) - 283,000 are out-of-school.

135,000 are out-of-school, for Lower Secondary (12-14 years) and 610,000 are out-of-school for Upper secondary (15-17 years)

Ms Atiegar said out of school children, identified as part of the project would be accessed and given technical and vocational training for a period and based on their performance some will be integrated into mainstream education

She said the re-integrating out-of-school children (OOSC), is built on the success of the Complimentary Basic Education (CBE) programme and expanding it to incentivise learning and retention

The project is being implemented in 29 Metropolitan, Municipal & District Assemblies (MMDAs) including the La-Nkwantanang Madina Municipal.

The regions benefitting from the project are Northern, Northeast, Savannah, Bono East, Oti, Greater Accra, and Ashanti Regions.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Ghana joins the world to mark World CP Day


Ghana will join the world to observe World CP Day on Thursday, 6th October, 2022

World CP Day is used to celebrate and support those living with cerebral palsy, embrace diversity and to help create a more accessible future for everyone.

“There are over 1 billion people around the world who live with a disability. Yet we still navigate a world that is not designed to be accessible,” the World CP Day Organisation says.

Cerebral palsy is a neurological condition that affects the movement and sometimes the speech of a person. It is considered the number one cause of disability in childhood

There are more than 17 million people across the world living with cerebral palsy. Another 350 million people are closely connected to a child or adult with cerebral palsy.

 It is the most common physical disability in childhood. Cerebral palsy is a permanent disability that affects movement. Its impact can range from a weakness in one hand, to almost a complete lack of voluntary movement.

It is a complex disability: 1 in 4 children with cerebral palsy cannot talk, 1 in 4 cannot walk, 1 in 2 have an intellectual disability, 1 in 4 have epilepsy.

Cerebral palsy is a lifelong disability and there is no known cure.

Cerebral palsy is one of the least understood disabilities and people with cerebral palsy are often out of sight, out of mind and out of options in communities around the world. 

In Ghana, members of the Special Mothers Project, an advocacy and awareness creation programme on cerebral palsy issues will take to social media to educate the public about cerebral palsy and the need for government to formulate policies that supports children with cerebral palsy and their families.

The Centre for Learning and Childhood Disabilities (CLCD) will also organise a free health screening exercise for children with cerebral palsy on the 8th of October to mark the day.

Cerebral Palsy Awareness, another organization championing CP issues will celebrate the day with families at the Shai-Osudoku Health Directorate

World Cerebral Palsy Day on 6 October was created by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance in 2012 and now brings together people living with cerebral palsy, their families, allies, supporters and organisations across more than 100 countries

The aim to ensure a future in which children and adults with cerebral palsy have the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else in our society.

The theme for the celebration is: Millions of Reasons

Sunday, October 2, 2022

I want to put smiles on the faces of mothers with special needs children – Kampay Outfitters

 Mr Kwabena Koosono Ampem, CEO of Kampay Outfiiters, dealers in quality clothing and accessories have donated some women’s clothing to the Special Mothers Project, saying “I want to put a smile on the faces of mothers of children with special needs.”

The special Mothers Project is an advocacy and awareness creation programme on cerebral palsy issues and issues affecting families nurturing children with disabilities in Ghana.

He said he had insights into how difficult it could be nurturing a child with cerebral palsy or autism in Ghana and always yearned to support in his own small way.

Mr Koosono Ampem said he had worked with people on the autism spectrum in the states and also as a support coordinator assisting families with behavioral, programming and employment support and was willing to support the special mothers’ project with ideas in how to enhance the lives of families nurturing children with cerebral palsy and other special needs in Ghana.

His donation comes ahead of this year’s World Cerebral Palsy Day which will be observed on the 6th of October, 2022.

Mrs Hannah Awadzi, Executive Director of the Special Mothers project, expressed her gratitude, saying, “You just made Christmas come early for the special mothers.”

She called on people to be kind towards children with special needs and their families.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Dedicate a percentage of common fund to children with SEN - GES


Mr Ahmed Alhassan, Planning Officer at the La- Nkwantanang – Madina Municipal of the Ghana Education Service, has called on the District Assembly to dedicate a percentage of the common fund to children with special educational needs (SEN).

He explained that most of children with special educational needs within the municipality were unable to attend school due to the lack of facilities within the schools in the assembly

The La-Nkwantanang-Madina Municipal Assembly has a Special Unit which has enrolled 37 children but only 10 of the children are regular attendees to school, some of the children come once in a month, others feel reluctant to attend school because of the lack of facilities that support their education.

Mr Alhassan made the suggestion at the district consultative meeting to discuss the district education plan.

The La-Nkwantanang-Madina Municipal of the Ghana Education Service (GES) brought stakeholders in the education sector together to discuss the Annual District Education Operational Plan (ADEOP).

Mr Alhassan said that it was difficult providing the children with SEN with the appropriate support they needed in school due to the lack of resources and urged the school management committees to sensitise parents of children with special needs on the available resources at the District Assembly to enable them access it.

He also urged the assembly to support the schools to prepare for what he called “Education in Emergency”, citing the Covid-19 pandemic as an example, he said most government schools were found wanting when Covid came and schools were closed.

“Sometimes, there are floods, rains or certain emergencies that force the schools to shut down, in such instances there is the need for an Education in Emergency plan in place,” Mr Alhassan said.

He said there was the need to train teachers in emergency preparedness to enable them deliver educational services during emergencies.

Present at the meeting were officials of the district assembly, community based organisations, school management committees members and parents teachers association, district education officers, religious leaders and some NGOs operating in the educational sector within the municipality.

The Special Mothers Project is a registered, not for profit organization, engaged in advocacy on children with cerebral Palsy and their families

The project provides an online platform for parents to connect and share information as well as engage in peer counseling.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Establish a medical jurisprudence system in Ghana – Dr Adomako


Dr Isaac Adomako, a specialist at the Salvation Army Hospital in Agona Duakwa has called for the establishment of a medical jurisprudence system in Ghana to deal with medical negligence in our healthcare system.

He said a lot of healthcare workers tend to be careless when administering care because they know that even if something goes wrong they will be covered.

“In Ghana, many healthcare workers or doctors are not held responsible for negligence but in developed countries healthcare workers tend to be more careful because they know they can be sued and their license revoked should something go wrong,” Dr Adomako said.

Medical jurisprudence is the branch of law that studies the relationship between medical facts and legal issues. Medical witnesses may testify in front of courts, administrative tribunals, inquests, licencing agencies, boards of inquiry or certification, or other investigative organisations.

Dr Adomako explained that with the establishment of a medical jurisprudence system in Ghana, there will be a breed of medical doctors who are also specialized in law to ensure that patients are treated right and also have a place to report to should they feel they are not treated well.

He expressed believe that establishing a medical jurisprudence system in Ghana will help sanitise our healthcare system and reduce the many cases of medical negligence that occurs in our hospitals.

Salvation Army poised to lead in CP Care and Management


The Salvation Army Healthcare system in Ghana is positioning itself to serve as a model in terms of Cerebral palsy care and management.

The organization with the support of Cerebral Palsy Africa, a Netherlands based non governmental organization is therefore developing a manual to serve as a training guide for health professionals on how to handle children with cerebral palsy in health facilities

Mr Raymond Badu, Country Director of Cerebral Palsy Africa at a day’s workshop on the manual development said they hope that the manual will be as practical, friendly and easy to use as possible to encourage its usage.

The workshop brought together medical doctors, emergency care nurses, physiotherapists, community based rehabilitation professionals, a parent of a child with cerebral palsy, a midwife and a senior administrator at the Salvation Army.

The participants shared their experiences and knowledge on cerebral palsy as well as practical suggestions they could implement to enhance the lives of families nurturing children with cerebral palsy.

Mr Badu who is also the head of the Salvation Army Rehabilitation Centre at Agona Duakwa said he hopes that once the manual is developed, it will help establish a protocol of care in all Salvation Army facilities for children with cerebral palsy.

“I hope that it will also serve as a model for the whole country to follow,” he said.

The Salvation Army has been involved in the care of vulnerable groups in Ghana. The organisaton currently has 13 health facilities dotted around the country and three rehabilitation centres.

Friday, August 26, 2022

Disability support services is largely informal in Ghana – Consultant


Disability support services is largely informal in Ghana, usually family members provide such services without any support from the Government, Mr Moses Fordjuor, a consultant on disability issues has said.

He said: “there are no professionally trained support workers, the sector is not organised and regulated as compared to countries like the United Kingdom or Australia.”

Mr Forduor shared his observations when he presented a situational analysis report on the disability situation in Ghana.

The report was done with the support of the United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Multi-Partner Trust Fund

Mr Fordjuor said the most affected group in such a situation were mostly children with Cerebral Palsy  and Autism whose care givers, mostly the mothers, combined the care and support with the struggles for economic and social activities.

“Support services can be broadly categorized into personal care involving Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and attending medical appointments escorts, respite care, staying active through social and community participation.”

The Situational Analysis report touched on the coordinating mechanisms, description of the legislative and policy context, discrimination and inequality issues, affordability of support services for the various disability groups, level of accessibility and inclusiveness of mainstream services such as education, health social services, livelihood and employment.

Mr Fordjuor said the situational analysis has shown that statements about disability inclusion in the National Development frameworks and ongoing initiatives are not based on a national disability strategy.