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04.10.2008 Education

Special Education Relevant For Education Achievement

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The Special Education Unit of the Ghana Education Service (GES) plays a key role in ensuring the successful attainment of the goals of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports (MOES).
Mr Joseph Kwabena Onyinah, Ashanti Regional Director of Education, who made the observation, said the provision of adequate training and relevant skills to children with disabilities are crucial for the socio-economic development of the country.
He was speaking at a day's workshop organised by the GES in Kumasi last Monday, for 17 participants including Directors of education, training officers and special education officers selected from five districts in the country.
The districts are New Juaben and Birim Central in the Eastern region, West Gonja and Bole in the Northern region and Ho in the Volta region.
The Inclusive Education (IE) workshop which was sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is under the Special Education Needs (SEND) of the disabled children on Education Quality for All (EQUALL).
Mr Onyinah stated that, exclusive special education is expensive in terms of boarding, logging and special needs of the disabled children.
He therefore, advocated the inclusive form of education for the disabled child, explaining that, moderate, mild forms of disabled children can stay with parents and attend normal schools with special resource persons to give them support and special needs.
Mr Onyinah noted that, interaction with normal children by the disabled children is a therapy for their physical and mental well-being.
Mrs Victoria Donkor, Director of Education In-charge of Special Education Division of the GES expressed her gratitude to the USAID for its immense support and assistance under the EQUALL/SEN Project.