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31.12.2009 Social News

GAB moves to register blind students

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Kumasi, Dec. 30, GNA - The Ghana Association of the Blind (GAB) has initiated moves to register all blind students in the country to assess their employment needs.

Those who require special computer training and other job skills would be assisted so that they become more competitive in the job market.

Mr Yaw Ofori Debrah, President of the Association, said there should not be any doubt that given the opportunity, the blind could measure up to expectation.

He was addressing the 17th Anniversary Celebration of the Youth and Students' Wing of the Association in Kumasi.

It was under the theme; "An Inclusive Society with Equal Rights and Opportunities for the Blind and Partially Sighted in Ghana".

Numbering about 80, they earlier went on a float from the Central Post Office Square through some principal streets in Kumasi.

The members danced and carried placards some of which read, "North cease fire, we want peace," "We can, yes we can," "Restore and pay Guide allowance," "Laptop for one disabled school child."

Other activities included competitive games, fund raising and presentation of awards to members, organizations and private individuals who have contributed to the progress of the Association.

Mr Jacob Adongo, Students and Youth Wing President, said disability issues had become developmental in nature and that they would ensure that the members were aided to contribute meaningfully to society.

He called for re-activation of various vocational centres and supply of sports equipment to enable them to develop their skills and talents.

Mr Kenneth Adu-Gyamfi, Ashanti Regional GAB President, thanked the Ghana Social Club and other organizations for their immense support.

Mr Badu Fordjour Enyan, out-going Principal of Wesley College of Education, asked corporate bodies and philanthropists to help people with disability to acquire a reasonable level of education and skills that would make them employable.

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