Giving her reasons, Emma Elinam Sallah a Human Resource Management student says she feels unhappy about parents hiding their children with various forms of intellectual disabilities; hence denying them the opportunity to education.
Against this backdrop, young Elinam has been able to mobilize resources from a few friends, rented an apartment and got some materials needed to run a special school. After which she together with the Special Education Unit of the Keta Municipal Assembly have asked parents to start enrolling their wards at Anlo Special School.
The Enthusiastic and passion-driven young lady revealed to Fred Duhoe “some parents want us to run a boarding system to permanently accommodate their wards but since running boarding facilities needs more financing and more hands, we will rather like to implement this system gradually”.
“Anlo Special School – A Haven of Hope” is under the “Butterfly Ghana Foundation” which seeks to champion the cause of Children with Special Needs, their siblings, parents and the community as a whole as well as empower the youth within the Keta Municipality and surrounding areas.
Visiting the school for the first time, Fred Duhoe with MyNewsGh.com met Madam Cecilia Gokah who shared her story as the first to have enrolled her son.
“Our education system doesn’t have the conducive atmosphere to accommodate and teach our children with special needs, hence, my decision to bring my son here (Anlo Special School).
In the whole of Volta Region, we only have one at Hohoe which is too far a distance. I don’t appreciate it when I see these vulnerable children helplessly on the streets begging for alms.
It’s my desire for my son to become an interpreter someday” she stated.
“My son can hear but can’t speak (speech disorder) due to cancer of the brain which was treated in Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital a few years ago. I believe he can do a lot and become a productive citizen when given the needed attention and training”.
The young determined Executive Director, Ms. Sallah has started a seafood business – Le Fresh Foods, as a fundraiser for this remarkable project.
Ms. Sallah is working in collaboration with the Special Needs Unit of the Keta Municipal Assembly in diverse ways possible to bring out the best in these children. Anlo Special School is located in Tegbi in the Volta Region of Ghana, West Africa.
Education in Ghana has done very little to address the plight of Special Needs Children. Policies have been instituted to make education all inclusive but this has not materialized over the years.
Much emphasis is placed on regular children to the neglect of children with special needs. Stereotyping, stigmatizing and abuse of the rights in some cases is what parents of/and children with special needs suffer in society.
The doors of Anlo Special School is open to suggestions and support to become the best special needs school across the country!