Renovation of the dorms at the School of the Deaf
More than 260,000 people in Ghana are deaf!
The average deaf child with hearing parents enters school with a 30-100 word vocabulary and has never understood the nuances of communication. Consequently, he has an extremely difficult time learning to read and write.
Most teachers of Ghana's deaf children are hearing, so they do not know nor understand true Sign Language.
80% of deaf and hearing-impaired people live in low- and middle-income communities.
In Mid 2011, we visited and toured the Mampong Demonstration School of the Deaf, after meeting the headmistress and students of the school.
The school was founded in 1967 and is located at Mampong in the Eastern Region of Ghana. It currently has 384 students, between the ages of 6 and 21. It’s a boarding school and has male and female dormitories.
During our visit we noted that the very poor state of infrastructure and lack of facilities are making effective teaching and learning difficult.
- There were no louvre blades on the dormitory windows, allowing the rain to come in during heavy downpours.
- In addition most of the mosquito netting was torn and the dorms had no trap doors.
In renovating the dormitories of the school we:e:-
- Fitted all the dorms with new mosquito netting
- Fixed new Louvre blades in all dorms, both male and female
- Fitted all the dorms with trap doors
On the 23rd of July 2014, we visited the Demonstration School for the Deaf in Akropong.
At the end of their morning assembly, ill pupils were asked to report to a classroom for the free medical clinic.
Our team of one doctor and one nurse saw a total of 108 students, and seven teachers and carers.
Some visiting students were at the school from the US to practice Ghanaian Sign Language.
They gladly interpreted for the medical team.