Some Ghanaian deaf pupils
Parents of deaf children have been urged to pay attention in the upbringing of their wards to enable them to contribute their quota to the development of the country.
The Communications Officer of the Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD), Julius Akuokoh, made the call through the Times at the sidelines of a training workshop here for media practitioners in the country to interact and discuss the way forward for their profession.
It was a collaborative workshop with the M. Wanachi Ghana Project, a non-governmental organization, to enhance the ability of civil society media to better access and apply communications as a strategy to shape government policies.
Mr. Akuokoh said most parents of the deaf neglected the education of their children due to their situation.
“The negative ideas about the deaf must be erased because they are capable of doing anything except hearing,” he stressed.
Mr. Akuokoh said there was the need for parents to encourage their deaf children in education to breach the gap between the deaf and the hearing.
He said statistics had shown that most deaf are born to hearing parents and therefore such children should not be abandoned.
Mr. Akuokoh said the deaf should be educated to help in the decision making process of the country.
He said education materials like library, internet among others must be made available to the Schools for the Deaf at the same time that the country advocated improved infrastructure and better working conditions for teachers.
He said GNAD for the part years had strived to help engage its members in come generating activities but often face financial difficulties.
Mr Akuokoh called on the electronic media, in particular to include Sign Language in broadcasting news to help the deaf be informed about what is happening in the country.
He said sign language interpreters should be available in major hospitals, banks, courts and police stations to ease the frustration that the deaf went through.
“Public service personnel are also encouraged to take interest and learn the basics in sign language” he added”.