Former deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Madam Dzifa Abla Gomashie has pleaded with parents in the Ketu South Municipality of the Volta Region and other parts of Ghana to send their autistic children to school to acquire knowledge.
According to her, some of such individuals that she is familiar with are into beads making, ICT, modeling among others, adding that there are so many other job opportunities for them rather than allowing them to stay at home.
She was speaking at a five-day Autism Aid App Tour held at the Denu Chicago Basic School.
The program, Autism Aid App Tour is a community outreach initiative by the Autism Ambassadors of Ghana and a non- governmental organisation (NGO), Values for Life, VFL- GHANA to support children with special needs at the Denu Chicago Basic School.
The 5-day programme saw activities such as renovation of the classroom building, training of parents and teachers on how to handle the kids in school and at home.
Madam Gomashie observed that her call would motivate parents to send their kids to school. “If the number of students increase, government will see to their needs and make it more attractive since it was the country’s own initiative of putting up the special needs school,” she said.
She added that as an organization, they have renovated the school, provided them with some teaching and learning materials and some number of tables, trained teachers and parents, embarked on raising awareness particularly in churches, as well as on radio shows.
The founder of Autism Ambassadors of Ghana, Alice Akosua Mamaga and her team before handing over, took the students through some classroom activities.
She reiterated their commitment to send volunteers twice every month to assist the staff.
The headmaster of the school, Wisdom Dey Kodorwu urged VFL-Ghana and community members to come to their aid for the betterment of the school.
By: Francis Vorsah/voltaonlinegh.com