Ghana Reads Initiative, Adwinsa Publications collaborate to mark Intern’l Literacy Day

Ghana Reads Initiative, Adwinsa Publications collaborate to mark Intern’l Literacy Day

Mr Kwaku Oppong Amponsah adressing the congregation

The Ghana Reads Initia­tive in collaboration with Adwinsa Publica­tions marked this year’s In­ternational Literacy Day with focus on supporting persons with special needs.

The event held at E-Ananse, a library in Accra, brought together teachers, students, writers and other stakehold­ers in education to share ideas to promote literacy and inclusivity within Ghana’s education system.

Speaking at the event, the Secretary-General of the Pan African Writers Association (PAWA), Mr Wale Okediran said it was important to sup­port children with disabilities to be able to make progress in education.

“Our unwavering com­mitment lies in providing children with disabilities with education and quality life free from discrimination within their communities,” he stated.

He said, it was crucial to provide essential support sys­tems to ensure these children were not intimidated.

The Chief Executive Offi­cer (CEO) of Adwinsa Publi­cations, Mr Kwaku Oppong Amponsah, expressed concern about the unfortunate mal­treatment sometimes endured by children with special needs at the hands of their teach­ers.

Mr Amponsah called for an end to such discrimination, highlighting that those chil­dren constituted an integral part of the educational eco­system.

There was a special presen­tation by Mrs Belinda Bukari, from the Special Education Division, of the Ghana Educa­tion Service (GES), focusing on the identification, referral and appropriate placement of children with special needs within the education set-up.

Mrs Bukari urged teach­ers to avoid discriminatory practices but rather, should actively involve children with special needs in their educa­tional processes.

She urged educators to adopt the ‘ABC’ method; Appearance, Behaviour, Com­plaints as means to identify potential issues and promptly guide students towards the necessary support structures.

She stated that students with special educational needs must not be marginal­ised by educational policies, emphasising the need to formulate inclusive strate­gies within the educational framework.

Mr Kwesi Koomson ex­pressed his appreciation to the Ghana Reads Initiative and Adwinsa Publications for their role in ensuring the pro­gramme’s success.

He said, with the synergy between the two bodies, there was prospect for posi­tive transformation assisting children with special needs in the country.

 By George Obeng Osei

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