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GNAD reaches Pru district as it progressively makes gains in membership mobilisation

GNAD reaches Pru District as it progressively make gains in membership mobilisation  08GNAD has successfully carried out membership mobilization in Pru District in the Brong-Ahaho Region of Ghana from 21st to 26th April, 2016. 

This follows similar mobilization exercise   in Kadjebi District in the Volta Region. The mobilization exercise is part of the Danida Joint Project and is aimed at getting reliable statistics of Deaf people in the project districts to inform and guide project implementation in fulfilment of GNAD’s mission and vision.  

Like previous activity, the mobilization exercise in Pru serves as baseline survey that seeks to assess the situation of the Deaf in the district. In the district, the 2010 Population and Housing Census (PHC) identified 379 persons as being Deaf, the information from the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) is not very clear. For example, it doesn’t state the locations of the Deaf, their gender composition, age trends and the like. GNAD’s mobilization exercise aims to develop reliable statistics, collect information on the Deaf people, and their precise locations. This information is necessary to achieving the goals of the ongoing project.

As an improvement on the previous phases (I & II) of the project, GNAD meticulously involves all key stakeholders especially the District Assemblies and the Department of Social Welfare to provide information and guidance including names of communities within the districts to guide field staff.

At the field level, mobilization exercise involves meeting and engaging with Traditional Authorities who provide directions, meeting parents/guardians of Deaf people, collecting of bio data on Deaf people, meeting with assembly members interacting, sensitization them on the purpose and importance of the mobilization exercise. GNAD mobilization team also provide parents and guardians of Deaf children with information and advices on availability and existence of Schools for the Deaf, availability of public resources/facilities and information on the fundamental human rights.

The data generated on Deaf people in Pru District indicated that 73.11% of Deaf people in the district have no formal education, which means that they are not able to communicate in the Ghanaian Sign Language (GhSL). This is because in most case, formal education is needed to be able to learn the GhSL. For the remaining 26.89%, the highest education attainment is Senior High School /Vocational or Middle School, whilst the lowest is Primary school.

The very few with Senior High School Education reside within the Yeji Township while the rest live in the mostly deprived farming communities. Many Deaf children were also found in mainstream Schools. The reason being that most parents and guardians of the Deaf are not aware about the existence of Schools for the Deaf. However, there were few who know or have heard about Schools for the Deaf, but because of poverty, most could not send their wards to these special schools, which are mostly residential.  

Out of the 189 rural towns, GNAD has successfully mobilized members in 65 major communities. A key challenge encountered in the comprehensive mobilization exercise has been inaccessible roads. Majority of the communities within the districts are accessible only via motorbikes and in some case by boat. In addition, most of the communities are wider apart in such a way that the team spent considerable time commuting from one community to another. This was further complicated by inaccessible nature of the road network making movement considerably difficult. Nevertheless, GNAD is resolute to make a lasting change in this regards and the Association considerably and progressively continue to make gains in the membership mobolisation exercise and its project implementation.  

The Pru District is one of the two model districts chosen to benefit from phase III of the project. Carved out of the Atebubu District in 2004, it is a home to some 129,248 population of which 50.9% are males and 49.1% females. According to the 2010 PHC, 1,955 people, representing 1.5% of the total population in the district have various forms of disabilities of which 379 are officially recognized as Deaf people. This figure may however be underplay of the real picture given that data collectors were not given adequate training on identification of Deafness.

Pru district is divided into nine (9) Area Councils; Yeji Urban Council, Konkoma Area Council, Kadue Area Council, Cherepo/Ayimaye Area Council, Prang Town Council, Labun Area Council, Parambo/Sawaba Area Council, Abease area Council and Ajaraja/Beposo Area Council and shares boundaries with seven other districts East Gonja to the North (Northern Region), Sene East and West to the East, Nkoranza and Atebubu-Amantin to the South and Kintampo-North and South to the West.

The mobilization team was led by GNAD Project Officer Juventus Duorinaah,  National Sign Language Interpreter Robert Frimpong Manso  and the Driver Emmanuel Tetteh.

By: Julius Akuokoh

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2 Responses to “GNAD reaches Pru district as it progressively makes gains in membership mobilisation”

  1. Great job. Congratulation

    Posted by Sam Williams | 11/05/2016, 2:27 pm
  2. Please precise/specific/straight forward figures will help…

    What is the total population of deaf in Ghana out of the National population of Ghana? Pls specify it with a percentage for us…

    2016/2017

    Total population of deaf in Gh = ?
    Percentage of deaf in Gh = ?

    Pls provide these first before u go further to break it down to the districts…

    The above statistics is very confusing to me base on other statistics I have come across…

    Pls help me out with the info. Below
    What is the…

    2016/2017

    Total population of deaf in Gh = ?
    Percentage of deaf in Gh = ?

    Posted by Asomani Bismark Osei | 10/11/2017, 4:09 am

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