A legal practitioner and human rights lawyer, Ms Rosemarie Afua Asante, has stressed the need for Ghana to have a National Plan of Action for Children that would specifically address issues of Special Learning Disabilities (SLDs).


Ms Asante noted that Ghana’s Juvenile Justice Act and Persons with Disability Act did not recognize intellectual challenges or special disabilities in reading, writing, calculating and co-ordination as disabilities.

She said the Persons with Disability Act only recognized sensory disabilities like blindness, deafness and dumbness, and movement, adding that as a result of ignorance, some parents and teachers rendered harsh treatments on children with intellectual disabilities.

Furthermore, she said, unchecked learning disabilities mostly resulted in deviant behaviours, school drop-outs, teenage pregnancies, rape and unhelpful associations.

Ms Asante, who was speaking at an advocacy session in Accra on Tuesday, explained that a National Plan of Action for Children would enable social workers, teachers and stakeholders identify children with SLDs, set up special institutions and design programs that would focus on understanding and helping such children.

She called on parents, guardians and all stakeholders to give the needed attention to children with SLDs.

In a welcome address, Ms Margaretha Ubels, Co-ordinator of Special Attention Project (SAP), a Ghanaian Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), said the project sought to improve the lives of children with SLDs.

SMs Ubels said, SAP disseminated information to the public and advocated for learning support for pupils with learning difficulties in mainstream schools, conducted research and training on SLDs and provided practical support to out-of-school children with learning difficulties in the streets of Accra.

She said the session was organized by SAP to gather data and interact with legal and social workers and other stakeholders on how to support children with SLDs.


Participants at the advocacy session were taken through lessons, questions and answers on how they could enhance their work with children with SLDs.


Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)


Created: 28 August 2015
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