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Promoting the development of acces to early education for blind and visualy impaired children in Ghana - continuation

There are approx. 800 thousand visually impaired people. The majority of them will never have the chance to complete neither primary education nor to become independent. In a country with the population of 25 million people, there are only two educational institutions dedicated to children and teenagers with vision problems.

Until the last year's edition of the project, Ghana did not have an early support system for small blind children. In practice, it meant that children below 7 years of age had no chance to develop both in terms of education and socially. It resulted in complete lack of preparation for school education and retardation in terms of the psychological and social functioning levels. Establishing an early development support system, involving representatives of state administration, experts working with children suffering from vision problems, representatives of local NGOs and parents that take care of their disabled children, gives an opportunity to make a difference. Introducing elements of education and rehabilitation of small children with vision problems into the Ghanaian education system is an opportunity of better social development, of participating in the educational process at all levels and gaining independence.

The project Supporting early education access to visually impaired and blind children in Ghana continues the project implemented in 2013.

Promoting the development of acces to early education for blind and visualy impaired children in Ghana - continuation

The project will be implemented between 18 June and 31 December. A volunteer will realize the project tasks in three places: Akropong, Mampon, Winneba in Ghana between 19 October and 1 December 2014. The project involves an educational initiative addressed mainly to special and integration educational institutions.

The sending organisation is the Hear Africa Foundation, and the host organisation – Akropong School for the Blind in Ghana.

A direct objective of the project is to improve the quality of education for small visually impaired and blind children by developing professional competences of the teachers, representatives of local NGOs, academic community involved in developing early development support system in Ghana.

Main activities that will be implemented within the project involve a series of trainings and consulting meetings for specialists and teachers that have – thanks to last year's edition of the project – basic knowledge in early development support for blind children. For parents of small visually impaired children, workshops were prepared so that they could gain the skills and knowledge necessary to raise their children. Parents play a key role in introducing children into the society and in rehabilitating them, as they spend the most time with them. Thanks to the cooperation with the University of Education, Winneba, the volunteer will hold lectures open to employees of the university and to students of teaching studies interested in early development support.

An important measure provided for in this project is establishing a "network" of specialists and employees of local and national NGOs, who will have the opportunity to participate in consultations and workshops. Thanks to the contacts, knowledge and common standards of operation, it will be possible to further build and improve the early development support system for small visually impaired and blind children.

Direct beneficiaries of the project are: pupils at primary school in Akropong, teachers at that school, teachers working in the deaf-blind children at a school in Manpong, employees of local NGOs, representatives of state administration, students and lecturers at University of Education, Winneba. Indirect beneficiaries of the project are: family and local community around the institutions, in which the project activities are implemented.

Promoting the development of acces to early education for blind and visualy impaired children in Ghana - continuation

Volunteer carried out broad trainings, which purpose was to improve the quality of teaching blind and visually impaired small children in Ghana. Within the framework of classes and individual consultations, in which more than 70 teachers and NGOs workers took part in total, volunteer trained the participants in practical aspects of early support for blind and visually impaired children development, techniques of working with child and the presence of parents in the development of blind and visually impaired children. Thanks to the workshops teachers gained and developed their knowledge about early support and specific needs of development of blind and visually impaired children, learnt to prepare Individual Action Plans and educational aids from broadly available materials in order to improve children’s functioning. They also found out how to support parents or guardians of child for the purpose of his or her proper development. Volunteer organized 135 h of trainings in total.

Moreover, volunteer carried out 4 open lectures in University of Education in Winneba, as well as open meetings for professionals, teachers, and NGO workers who are involved in the matters of sight defects of children. Thanks to the meetings, a groups of specialists, NGO workers and parents emerged. Its members intend to take actions for development of the early support for blind and visually impaired children.

Within the framework of educational initiative, project implementers published 50 educational sets, which contain a film, a script of classes and musical instruments. They were sent to 50 institutions for blind and visually impaired children, schools with integration units, as well as organizations working with blind children in Poland. The effects of educational initiative can be seen on website www.uslyszecafryke.org in Publications mark and on social media profiles of the Foundation.