The Headmaster of Nyamaa Special School in Sunyani in the Brong-Ahafo Region, James Yeboah Frimpong, has called for support to train more children with Down Syndrome problems.
He made the appeal when the Worldwide Evangelism Service (WES), in collaboration with Golden Intellectuals School (GIS), donated teaching and learning materials valued at over GH¢15,000 to the school. The donation also formed part of activities marking the 10th Aanniversary of the WES.
The Nyamaa Special School was established in 2007 to provide education for children with Down Syndrome in the Sunyani Municipality.
The school commenced 11 years ago with 10 children, made up of five boys and five girls, and currently has a population of 61 children.
Since the establishment of the school, it has not seen any rehabilitation. It lacks adequate teaching and learning materials and space to train the children in their vocational work.
The Headmaster noted that the absence of a school bus was hampering the enrollment of more children with Down Syndrome.
Again, because some of the children live far away from the school, trekking long distances to school every morning has been a challenge to them.
Mr. Frimpong said: “These children are special, and they need special care, but we do not have the necessary learning tools, especially at the Vocational Department. Our aim is to train them so that they can live an independent life and not become a burden on their families and the society.”
He commended Worldwide Evangelism Service Foundation for the donation, and urged other organisations to emulate the gesture, and called for support to enable the school train more children.
The Headmaster also admonished parents not to hide their children with problems, but bring them to the school to be trained.
The items donated to the school included My First Copy Books, crayons, white marker boards, pencils, pens, footballs, desks, chairs, reading books, sugar, oil, washing soaps, soft drinks, branded paper bags, and toiletries among others.
The Proprietress of the Golden Intellectuals School, Mrs Ranty Adjaku, called for more support for the school, and urged parents not to hide children with Down Syndrome, but bring them to the school to be trained.
She noted that children with special needs are special people in society who need special care, the reason for which pupils of the GIS teamed up with the WES to assist the Nyamaa Special School.
“As Christians, we need to support the needy at all times, and that is exactly what the GIS and WES have come here to do for our brothers, sisters and children in the Nyamaa Special School,” she said.
Mrs Adjaku commended the teaching and non-teaching staff of the school for taking their time to educate these special children.
She observed that teachers are special people in society, and deserve all the support to teach children in their care.
She promised that the management, staff and children of the GIS would continue to support the needy in society.
Prophet Kofi Boakye Fosuhene, an Executive of the Worldwide Evangelism Service, charged Christians to constantly show love to one another, because love is key to humanity.
He said WES exists to spread the gospel through love as a tool for cohesion and development.
Prophet Fosuhene observed that children with special needs must be the focus of society, because they possess certain special abilities, despite their challenges.
Mr. Raymond Ofosuhene, Circuit Supervisor for Sunyani Circuit ‘B’, commended the management of GIS and WES for assisting the Nyamaa Special School.
He said the government alone cannot shoulder the burden of educating children, and, therefore, asked other stakeholders to support in providing quality education for children, especially those with special needs.