The project wants Dr. Agyeman-Rawlings to play an advocacy role be pressurizing the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) to re-start the construction of a boarding facility for the pupils of the school.
A letter addressed to the parliamentary aspirant and signed by the Project Director of the Pamela Bridgewater Project, Mr. YahayaAlhassan, said “just as you had the heart and influence to support the flood victims, we believe you can put pressure on GETFund to also act”.
For reasons which are not clear, construction work on some GETFund supported projects at the State School for the Deaf, including a hostel, have been abandoned. Authorities of the fund have remained tight lipped over the issue.
Pupils of the school are not happy with the state of affairs, especially with the boarding facility, which is to ease their burden of having to go to school from their homes amidst all the dangers they go through.
The State School for the Deaf is located at Adjei-Kojo at Tema West, near Ashiaman. Many of the students come to school from as far as Akosombo, Old Ada, Prampram,New Ningo, Kotoku, Mallam Junction, Madina, Kasoa, Adenta and Dansoman.
“The kids often complain of tiredness and hunger and we are forced to overstay to meet the contact hours” the letter quoted a concerned teacher of the school who pleaded anonymity for fear of reprisal from the authorities.
The scariest moment for the kids is when they have to cross the Tema motor-way to get to their school. They do not hear the hooting of horns by drivers. The drivers are also never ready to slow down for these pupils to cross the road.
“A footbridge is definitely needed to make it easier for these kids to be able to cross the road without any difficulty” Mr. Alhassan said when he was contacted for comments.
According to the letter, the pupils also face other dangers such as being kidnapped by some unscrupulous persons whiles on their way to school. Some also get lost for several days or weeks.
The quick completion of the boarding facility on the campus of the school is expected to make the pupils safe and also improve learning.
The letter is trusting on the abilities of Dr. Ezenator to lead a campaign to compel GETFund to quickly re-start the construction of the boarding facility to make it convenient for the kids, who have consistently demonstrated the desire to seek education despite their hearing challenges.
A bus meant to be used to convey the pupils to and from school is also rusting in the garage due to mechanical faults. When even the bus is functioning, the absence of fuel coupons means that the bus cannot still perform its functions.
The situation of the bus has meant that the pupils have to regularly find their way to and from school every day and it is not uncommon to see them pleading for motorists on the fast track Tema motor-way to pick them up. They usually get missing as a result.
“These pupils are also Ghanaians and their inability to hear does not make them less of humans and therefore the state must start discharging its responsibilities to them” Mr. Alhassannoted.
Dr. Ezenator admiring a student of the State School for the Deaf using the sign language.
Source: BRUCE MISBAHU BULMUO