July 19, 2024
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Invest more in blind children: Blind Union appeals

The Director of the Ghana Blind Union (GBU), Peter Obeng Asamoah, has appealed to the government, corporate institutions, and philanthropists to consider investing in the needs of blind children to help them attain a better future.

He said there were many disabled children across the country, especially blind children who could not get access to basic education due to the lack of necessary equipment to train them.

Mr Asamoah made the appeal at an event to hand over a braille version of a human rights protection protocol manual to the GBU by the leadership of the Centre for Public Interest Law (CEPIL), a CSO, in Accra on Thursday, November 23, 2023. 

The presentation was done by a solicitor for CEPIL, Mr Alhassan Iddrisu. The manual contains the nature of human rights and protection of human rights defenders. 

Mr Asamoah said: “I want the government and corporate institutions to take a second look at the needs of blind children in the country. I want philanthropists and well-meaning citizens to hear about this call to invest a little more in blind children”. 

“Right now, there is technology for teaching blind children and we have made several appeals to the government to invest just a little in securing some of these equipment for the children. 

“If the government is printing textbooks for children in schools, why can’t they put some of these books in braille or digital form for blind children,” he queried.

Mr Asamoah further said more emphasis needed to be placed on value rather than cost and added that “education is the only way to break the cycle of poverty”.

He said other major challenges facing his outfit included raising of funds for activities since the union had run out on donations. 

“We have been in existence since 1951, yet we don’t have any source of reliable funding and this makes it very difficult to run the union,” the director said.

Commendation

Mr Asamoah commended the leadership of CEPIL for the support.

“A lot of times, these manuals and reports come out but we don’t get access to them. So giving us this document in an accessible format is what we call inclusion, and until our society is totally inclusive, our development goals will continue to elude us. 

“We are most grateful to CEPIL and we hope that other sectors will emulate this example,” he added.

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