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University lecturer build ramps for Ashongman basic school

BY: Dickson Worlanyo Dotse
Dr Augustina Naami (with crutches) speaking before the presentation while Andrews Quaye (2nd from left), Headmaster of Taifa Community 3 Basic School, and other officials look on
Dr Augustina Naami (with crutches) speaking before the presentation while Andrews Quaye (2nd from left), Headmaster of Taifa Community 3 Basic School, and other officials look on

The Head of Department of Social Work of the University of Ghana, Dr Augustina Naami, has constructed and presented ramps to the Taifa Community Basic Schools, the Ashongman Presbyterian Basic Schools and Kwabenya Atomic M/A Basic 2 School to facilitate inclusive education.

As an advocate for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs), this comes after she promised to use the proceeds from the launch of a book she authored on PWDs titled “Break the Barriers”.

A brief sod-cutting ceremony which was held on the premises of the Taifa Community Basic Schools in Accra saw the presence of school heads, representatives from the municipal assembly, teachers, parents and students.

Goal

Dr Naami, who is physically challenged, said the goal of building those ramps was to improve access, inclusion and safety for students with disabilities in the beneficiary schools.

She also said it was to remind people that even though the beautification of edifices was important, they should always ensure PWDs were not excluded.

“Let us create a more accessible environment so that no one is left out,” she said.

Dr Naami said it was the collective responsibility of teachers, parents and guardians to promote the inclusion of students with disabilities.

She, therefore, charged them to support, mentor and guide children with disabilities, adding that they had a purpose to serve and that was why God gave those children to them.

“Let us endeavour to pay close attention to our students with disabilities, motivate and support them.

“Sometimes, they feel lonely because their peers do not associate with them,” she added.

Gratitude

The Headmaster of the Taifa Community 3 Basic School, Andrews Quaye, in a response on behalf of the beneficiary schools, expressed his profound gratitude to Dr Naami for her kind gesture.

He expressed the belief that the ramps would be a launch pad to facilitate inclusive education in aspects of the educational system.

“I hope that with this, the children can look up to you and aspire to one day become like you,” Mr Quaye added.