Veep inaugurates sign language centre

Weija (G/A), Dec. 17, GNA – Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has said there is the need for the country to demystify education for the physically challenged persons in the society.

He welcomed the initiative which intends to integrate the hearing impaired and deaf persons in the same classrooms with those who are not so disadvantaged- to study and learn from the teacher.

Vice President Amissah-Arthur made the call when he inaugurated the Supreme Sign Institute (SSI), a hearing impaired and deafness social adaptability centre at Weija in the Ga South Municipal Assembly.

The Institute which is the first of its kind in the country is to train people in the sign language so that they would be able to communicate with hearing impaired persons.

Vice President Amissah-Arthur said there is the need to harness the strengths and capabilities of all citizens and guarantee the integration of all persons for equal rights and privileges.

He said we all need to embrace the possibility of developing an equitable social, economic and cultural development of the physically challenged persons by providing them with the same opportunities as are available to able-bodied people.

Vice President Amissah-Arthur also commended the chief executive of the Institute for promoting such a worthy cause and creating an opportunity for government to partner the private sector in finding solutions to the problems of handicapped persons.

He called for the adoption of the sign language education in the training of teachers at the basic schools as well as utilising it as part of the curriculum.

He promised to initiate discussion between the Ministries of Finance, Education and Social Protection to determine specific interventions government can provide to support the initiative and keep the programme running.

Mr Newell Agbey, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Supreme Sign Institute, said the objective of the school is to mould and guide hearing impaired persons towards complete social integration.

He said according the 2014 Joshua Project there are more than 260,000 deaf persons in the country.

He said these people are seriously challenged by the communication barrier between them, their hearing parents, families, teachers and medical staff among others.

Mr Agbey said the establishment of SSI reaffirms the importance of sign language in removing the existing communication barrier among the deaf in the society.

He urged organisations and individuals to take advantage of the school and learn sign language to overcome their communication challenges. GNA


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