14.10.2004 Regional News

Oguaa School for the Deaf gets new center.

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Cape Coast, October 14, GNA - The Cape Coast School for the Deaf has began a post-junior secondary school vocational training programme for the deaf in batik and tie-dye production, catering, tailoring, carpentry as well as in computer literacy.

Seven students have enrolled on the programme that took off in the first week of this month.

The headmaster, Mr Robert Harrison Akyea, said this at a meeting between the school's authorities and officials of the Wesselheipt Committee from the Netherlands, led by its organizer, Mrs Tina Siccama, at the school's premises on Thursday.

The Committee, with the help of the Wessel Gansfort College in the Netherlands, has raised 22,000 Euros towards the provision of a resource center for the school's unit for the visually impaired. Mr Akyea said the unit for the blind has 13 students on roll and will increase the number to 30.

He said establishing the unit was in line with the Ghana Education Service (GES) policy of inclusive education.

On the school's performance in the Basic Education Certificate Examination, Mr Akyea said nine out 12 candidates who sat for this year's examination qualified for senior secondary school. He appealed to other NGOs, philanthropists and the government, to assist the school with dormitories dormitories, a school bus and towards the completion of its staff bungalows.

Mrs Siccama said she hoped the assistance rendered by students of the Wessel Gansfort College would help strengthen its relations with the school.

In his address, the presiding member of the Cape Coast Municipal assembly, Mr Kojo Anaisie Yarquah, reiterated the determination of the government to support the education of all physically challenged children.

He pledged the assembly's commitment to continue supporting the school, and said it would use some of the HIPC funds allocated the assembly to assist the school.

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