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Monday, 28 April 2014

Sensitisation Programme and Dagombas

Welcome back to our blog!

Despite bouts of illness we have had a very productive week developing the Sensitisation Programme, launching our fundraising campaign and putting on a screening of ‘Emmanuel’s Gift’.

The Sensitisation Programme is one of the main projects we will be working on during our time with the Resource Centre. We aim to create three presentations to be shown in primary, secondary and special schools, as well as local communities. These presentations aim to educate people about disabilities and eliminate the stigmas and prejudices surrounding disability. The presentations will be very interactive- engaging the audience through questions, light discussion, activities and role-playing exercises.

Crucial to the success of the Sensitisation Programme is our fundraising campaign for a projector. We have created an indiegogo crowd funding campaign with the goal of raising $500. The money will be spent on a projector which will enable the Sensitisation Programme to be shown in community centres and schools across the Northern Region. Our campaign can be found here.

Emmanuel's Gift (2005) PosterClosely linked to the Sensitisation Programme is the screening of the documentary Emmanuel’s Gift. This is the documentary of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, a Ghanaian man born with a severe disability in one leg. Emmanuel cycled across Ghana and campaigned for disability rights in Ghana through sports. It’s a cracking documentary which is incredibly inspiring and moving, albeit filmed from a fairly American perspective which comes across a little patronising at times. We held our first screening of the documentary on Wednesday using a borrowed projector, and this was followed by a brief discussion surrounding the issues covered in the film. The success of the event has led to plans for further screenings.

Away from the office, we have had the opportunity to explore more of Tamale and Ghana, and further immerse ourselves in Ghanaian culture and food. After work on Thursday, Shaibu took us on a tour of the Dagombas area of Tamale. A two minute walk from the centre of Tamale, this area was one of the first settlements. Much calmer and quieter than the centre, it felt a world apart from the chaos of the main market hub, despite only being separated by a block of houses. We were also shown Shaibu’s personal tailor, where I will definitely be having some traditional clothes made.

The balancing goat of Dagombas

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