The development of instruction quality in special classes is finding further accompaniment from our project partners in Ghana, Belinda Bukari and Clement Ntim, who represent the network for special schools. In line with their work two projected proposals were realized this year:
- In Koforidua staff training for teachers was carried out with the help of Ananse. Teachers from all the special classes came together to collect and present ideas concerning “best practice” –experiences to facilitate young adults with mental handicaps. Diverse Ideas were the result: making necklaces, dying material, weaving i.e. door mats, sewing projects, carpentry or soap production. The 32 participants were able to take home many suggestions.
- In Effiduase, a place near Kumasi, There is a special class at a primary school. The teachers there had reported that they needed help with their project to create a source of income for this special class; they wanted to dye textiles. The proceeds would be used to cover transportation costs for pupils with physical handicaps to and from school. In the meantime, with financial assistance form Ananse e.V. the necessary materials and tools for textile dyeing have been procured and the first results achieved. The dyed material is sent on to special classed in Cape Coast and made into bags that can be sold there. Among others the initiative Mano a Mano donated 1,300 € from their concerts last year. The total cost for the project amounted to 4,000 €.
The board has received all the receipts for both completed projects. Plans for equipping five new special classes are almost complete. These classes are in Bolgatanga (Upper East Region), Akwatia (Eastern Region), Madina and Dansoman (Greater Accra Region) and Tamale (Northern Region). The special school teachers cannot provide proper education for the special classes of mentally handicapped children without learning materials. Compared to standard schools, special schools require much more material. The 26 Ghanaian special classes that were built with the help of GIZ in 2006 only have one building that has two classrooms but these were not furnished or equipped.
The cost for this new project is approx. 10,000€