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‘Ring the Bell’ encourages enrollment of physically challenged children in school

A programme dubbed: “Ring the Bell Campaign” has been held to help integrate physically challenged children in mainstream schools and to create awareness on the need to enrol all children in school regardless of their condition.

The programme which was organised by the Samuel Wellington Botwey Foundation (SWEB), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), was meant to encourage abled schoolchildren and those who are physically challenged to attend school. The programme, which is organised annually, was on the theme: ‘All children welcome in school’.

During the ceremony at the Osu Cluster of Schools, the school bell was rung repeatedly to draw attention to the need for every child to attend school.

It was also to symbolise a call on all physically challenged children who are not in school to join the abled ones in the classroom to study.

Deputy Director of Supervision at the Accra Metro Education Office, Mrs Mabel Esi Asigbetse, urged the public to assist in spreading the message about the need to send all physically challenged children of school going age to the available special schools.

Mrs Asigbetse said the Ghana Education Service (GES) has implemented an Inclusive Education Policy which allowed physically challenged children and others with special educational needs to join the abled ones in the classroom, so that they could be assisted in their studies to enable them to develop their potential.

She also noted that public education has been intensified at the parents-teachers association (PTA) meetings and community durbars to curb negative societal attitudes towards physically challenged persons, including all those with special educational needs.

Executive Director of the Samuel Wellington Botwey Foundation, Mr David Botwey said he is hopeful that the children who are physically challenged will be enrolled in school and given an opportunity to study at the end of the campaign.

Credit: Graphic Online

March 29, 2018

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