The Director-General of GES, Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa who received the items on behalf of the Service expressed gratitude to GNECC for complementing the efforts of government by providing E-Learning materials that target students in the Special Schools for the visually impaired in this era of COVID 19.
“This donation has really completed/complemented government attempts at reaching out to every student in their homes in whatever means possible as mainstream schools remained closed due to COVID-19 global pandemic”, Prof Opoku-Amankwa said.
The Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus that has forced the government to shut down the majority of schools have rolled out a number of E-Learning models like; online learning, TV learning and radio learning. The TV broadcasts have sign language component that reaches out to the hearing impaired aside the visuals.
However, the visually impaired students have no access to visuals aside the audio aired.
Following this unfortunate situation, the GNECC with support from its partners, OSIWA Foundation, found it necessary to spend a bit of their resources to produce Braille materials from the content of the E-Learning notes for the benefit of the visually impaired students.
In a brief remarks after the presentation of the materials, the Executive Chairman of GNECC, Mr Joseph Atsu, commended government for the inclusive nature of the E-Learning models, they would not have been inclusive enough without the Braille component.
‘It’s now comprehensively inclusive as all classes of students can now benefit fully from these learning materials as students remain at home’, Mr Atsu, explained.
GES took delivery of 60 pieces of E-Leaning materials in four (4) core subjects; 60 pieces of large print books for students with low vision and 50 pieces of audio devices. This also included text to speech software for use by the Special Schools.