Tuesday, 3 June 2014

The positive response to our sensitization programme

The campaign against the stigma attached to persons with disabilities is fast gaining ground as it enters its 9th week , the dream team made up of 3 International service volunteers and 4 National volunteers at the resource centre is leaving no stone unturned to kick the ass of the quicken stigma. The team is using a school- and community-based sensitization approach to get the message across to everybody in society.

The sensitization is very important to us as a way to erase the public misconception about persons with disabilities in Ghana. Our power point presentation tries to educate the students on some of the likely causes of disability and how they can possibly prevent them, in order to dispel any myths and prejudice about disability. During every presentation we try to find out about the students’ thoughts about the causes of disability and the response echoes the sentiments which drive us to fight this battle. At one school in Tamale almost half of the students we met believed that disability is a curse and that is just the tip of the iceberg, as many people in Ghana still hold such beliefs. 

The dream team visited Nyohini Junior High School on the 21st and did a presentation to some of the students. The response of students was very encouraging as some of the students expressed regret at how disabled people are treated in Ghana and have promised to be good ambassadors of the campaign to stop the stigma against people with disabilities. At the Sakasaka JHS in Tamale, students expressed their gratitude to the team and requested that we organized such programmes on a termly basis, they also proposed to the team that they form disability clubs in schools so that they can also educate their colleagues of the need to respect the rights of persons with disabilities.
An overwhelming turnout at a screening in Zabzugu

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