|Posted by George Ashie on May 11, 2012 at 5:10 PM|
During the annual need-based assessment programme conducted at the
beginning of each academic year, the school identified one
thirteen-year old needy and deaf boy. This assessment exercise is a
tool by which management identifies really needy children for
consideration. The assessment team agreed to keep the boy in the
school for a while since they felt he would be better off staying in
the school rather than on the streets. This agreement was reached
considering the fact that the boy's situation was worse compared to
the other needy children. Not only is he needy, but also deaf and
After assessing him for a while, the teachers of the school suggested
to management that the boy be sent on sponsorship to a school for the
deaf. One of their arguments was that the boy found it difficult to
cope during class lessons because of his hearing and speaking
disabilities. They also opined that the presence of specially trained
instructors in a school for the deaf would make it easier for the boy
to cope since such specialist instructors were better equipped to
understand his peculiar situation and needs.
Another reason advanced by the regular school teachers for sending the
boy to a school for the deaf was that such schools usually had special
teaching and learning materials purposely designed for children with
disabilities. They were also of the opinion that such an environment
would help the boy to better express his feelings to management.
Consequently, management bought in the ideas of the teachers. This was
partly because of the organisation's own goals among which are to give
non-formal education and counseling to street children and to send
those of them who become docile and academic transformed to the
regular schools every year.
The management of the school, therefore, invited the boy's parents to
discuss how to help the boy and to inform them about some of the
interventions available to help him get formal education, to the
highest level possible.
After meeting with the boy's parents, the management of the N.G.O.
decided to seek a sponsorship for the boy. Fortunately, the
sponsorship was obtained so the boy could have his education at a
school ;for the deaf. The sponsorship as granted by Mr Steve Sakyi who
works with Videophone Ghana, includes school fees, a school bag, a
school uniform, a Friday-wear, shoes, books and a pair of PE pants.
The school [streetacademy] took the boy to an assessment center at
Achimota Accra for him to go through assessment .This process is
considered part of the admission process of the school for the deaf.
Management is still working on this case and at the right time will publish
whatever will transpire...