Delegates from ten African countries, Canada and from Britain attended a seminar on deafness at the University of Ghana.
Delegates from ten African countries, Canada and from Britain attended a seminar on deafness at the University of Ghana. The African countries represented were Batswame, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Ghana. Each delegate gave a brief talk on work in his or her own country on developments in educating the deaf. The conference also heard a series of addresses covering many different aspects of helping deaf people. One day was devoted to education topics, another to medical aspects and a third to welfare. They visited a deaf training school at Mampong-Akwapim, where a talk was given by Lady Templer.
The delegates and speakers were also received by the Head of States, Colonel Acheampong. They were taken to Akosombe to see the Volta Dam, and at Mampong-Akwapim they were treated to a mini-durbar by the Paramount Chief which included a display for traditional drumming and dancing by deaf pupils.
SYNOPSIS: Experts from ten African countries, along with Canadian and British colleagues, attended a seminar on deafness in Ghana. They held a special sessions dealing with education, medical aspects and welfare for deaf people.
They also visited the Deaf Specialist Training College at Mampong Akwapim.
Major Kwame Asante, the Commissioner for Labour, Social Welfare and Co-operatives, welcomed the delegates. He said it was the policy of the Ghanaian government to treat handicapped people as members of the community entitled to full rights, and to receive from the country every possible help to enable them to become an economic asset and cease to be a burden on themselves, their family and the stats. Ghana had eight schools for the deaf, catering for four hundred children.
Mrs. Hosse, chairman of the Ghana Society for the Deaf, introduced Lady Templer, who was attending as Chairman of the Commonwealth Society for the Deaf. During the conference the delegates were received by the Head of State, Colonel Acheampong. They also visited the Volta Dam and attended a mini-durbar which included drumming and dancing by deaf children.