The items include, five sewing machines, assorted carpentry tools, different colours of dress materials and a quantity of beads to be processed into necklace and bangles as well as ‘slippers’ making tools.

Additionally, the Foundation would sponsor the training of a teacher from the school in beads and hats making.

Mr Robert Kuzoe, a Senior Manager of MTN Foundation, who presented the items to the schools in Sekondi, on Wednesday, said the initiative was to celebrate the International Day of People with Disability with the pupils of the School to make them feel loved and cared for.

The Day was set aside by the United Nations in 1992 to ensure a better understanding of people living with disability.

Mr Kuzoe said the Day also aimed at encouraging persons with disability to be economically independent that was why the Foundation chose the School to celebrate the Day with them.

Mr Kuzoe expressed the hope that the donation would help create opportunities for the pupils to develop their talents to become self –reliant individuals.

“We urge students to make good use of the facilities, we also want to urge the teachers to adopt modern trends and teach the students how to use technology to enhance their creativity to be able to stay competitive in a fast changing environment.”

Mr Kuzoe said the MTN Foundation was committed at serving and supporting persons living with disability, adding that, this year MTN staff refurbished the classroom block for the Mampong School for the Deaf and also created a resource centre within the block.

He said the Foundation, in addition, provided a laptop, microphones, LCD TV, an overhead projector and installed a “voice to Text Software to enhance teaching and learning,

Mr Kuzoe said three years ago the Foundation refurbished the Kitchen and provided pipe borne water to the Sekondi School of the Deaf to make the lives of the pupils comfortable.

Mr Emmanuel Mensah Tormpgah, the Deputy District Director in-charge of Supervision and Monitoring, commended the efforts of MTN Foundation over the years, saying their contributions would go a long way to enhance the education and training of people with disability.

Mr Ebenezer Donkor, the Assistant Headmaster of the School, who received the items on behalf of the pupils, expressed his gratitude to the Foundation and gave the assurance that the items would be used for the purpose provided,

Mr Donkor underscored the importance of educating children with disability, noting that if children with disability were given the needed training and support they would not be on the streets to beg for alms.

He said the School, which started in 1971 with only 28 pupils, now had a population of 320, thereby putting pressure on the limited resources.

Mr Donkor said due to the high enrolment figures recorded this academic year, there was over-crowding in the dormitories, inadequate classrooms and furniture, while the washrooms, particularly, for the girls, were overstretched.

He appealed to other institutions and organisations to go to the aid of the school.

Source: GNA/


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