By: Bernice Bessey
The Headmistress of the Dzorwulu Special School, Mrs. Veronica Sackey, has appealed to the general public to be compassionate with children with special needs, and not ignore and see them as outcasts.
According to the Headmistress, the rights of special children must be protected, but after their vocational training at the centres, society refuses to accept and accommodate them, or even employ them.
This, she said, compelled the children to remain in the schools without any hope of employment, which eventually becomes a burden on both the government and the public at large.
Mrs. Sackey was speaking during a courtesy visit by the Ghana Institute of Surveyors and donation to the school at Dzorwulu, a suburb of Accra, over the weekend.
She stressed that the school also lacks personnel to help in the maintenance of the children and other duties, but has managed to employ three graduates who are helping in the development of the centre.
She, however, urged parents, guardians, and the general public not keep such children away from being trained, and should also try to understand their needs.
The Director of the Institute of Surveyors, Ms. Yvonne O. Sowah, said the needs of the children were dear to the institute, so it decided address some of their needs, and also spend quality time with them.
The surveyors institution donated items such as bags of maize, sugar, cartons of milks, soft drinks, toilet rolls, cartons of soap, and beverages worth GH¢5,000, as a token to usher the children into the festive season.
The Dzorwulu Special School has 150 students, made up of 87 boys and 63 girls.