No Amount Of Money Can Propitiate Teachers’ Efforts—Director

Asesewa, Nov. 19, GNA-Mrs. Esther Ama Bossman, the Education Director of Upper Manya Krobo District, has observed that teachers’ effort in enhancing education in the country is priceless.

She said there was no amount of money that could fully propitiate the sacrifices teachers were rendering in preparing future leaders for the nation, and urged them to look beyond financial gains in the discharge of their duties.

Mrs Bossman was opening a four-day capacity building workshop on Inclusive Education for teachers at Asesewa in the Upper Manya Krobo District.

The workshop was organized by the International Child Development Programme (ICDP), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) with sponsorship from PLAN Ghana, also a child oriented NGO.

According to Mrs Bossman, in spite of the already huge task on them, teachers still had the duty of promoting Inclusive Education in their respective classrooms.

She said the need for Inclusive Education in Ghana was long overdue and that teachers were expected to champion the successful mainstreaming of ‘special’ children into the main schools.

“This will help to eliminate discrimination against children or persons with disability and to as well improve their self esteem,” she added.

Mrs bossman welcomed the intervention from the ICDP into the district and urged the participants to take advantage of the workshop to enhance Inclusive education in the Upper Manya krobo District.

Mrs Joyce Larnyo, the Country Director for ICDP, urged teachers and workers in the educational sector to redefine certain conceptions they have about children, to see pupils as persons and to release sensitive acre during interaction with them.

She said instead of unconsciously excluding children with special needs in the teaching and learning process, teachers should rather include and enable them actively participate in the process.

“With inclusive education in Ghana, educational practitioners, teachers, NGOs and government must continuously remind themselves that it is all about acknowledging that all children learn and so need support; it is part of their human rights,” she said.

The ICDP is a competence building organisation in the field of psycho-social care competence among teachers, caregivers and children.

It aims at strengthening the responsibility of teachers, caregivers and families’ capacity to provide comprehensive care to children during childhood, with emphasis on better care practices to prevent violence and abuse.

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