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GNAD implements STAR-Ghana sponsored Elections Project

GNAD is implementing an 8 months’ elections project with funding from STAR-Ghana. The STAR-Ghana project is a joint project implemented by 7 implementation partners within the disability movements; GFD, IG, GNAD, GBU, GAPA, GSPD, Share Care and other DPOs.

The project seeks to among other things, to promote the inclusion of PWDs in the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections through series of civil engagements.

GNAD’s component aimed at  achieving full inclusion of Deaf needs in the just ended elections through the provision of SLIs in political parties’ campaigns, media highlights, EC’s education and other state institutions. As part of the project activities, series of training and engagements have been carried out to promote Deaf needs in the elections process. Stakeholders’ engagements had been carried out in Kumasi, Ho, Cape Coast, Takoradi and Tamale and Bolgatanga targeting NCCE officials, EC officials, CHRAJ and political parties.

A number of SLIs have also been sensitized in Southern, Middle and Northern Sector. The aim is to ensure that SLIs engaged to interpret during elections program are neutral. The media has not been left out in GNAD’s stakeholders’ engagement. Subsequently, media sensitization exercise has been carried out in Southern and Northern Sectors for national and regional media houses.

In addition, GNAD has been able to print SLI directories political parties and other stakeholders. The distribution of SLI directories enables stakeholders to engage SLIs in their programs.

A number of key changes have been observed under the STAR-Ghana Elections project. For example, all EC’s programs on GTV now have SLIs in place to provide sign language interpretation support services for the Deaf. Some political parties are engaged SLIs in their nationwide campaign to enable Deaf people benefit from elections information. NCCE, EC and other stakeholders have also actively engaged the services of SLIs in their programmes. Our monitoring exercise including testimonies from various stakeholders including the Deaf attests to this fact.

Some Deaf people have also took part in the just ended 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary elections as observers at the various polling stations. It is hoped that Deaf people will not only be recipients of services, but will equally be involved in the provision of services.

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One Response to “GNAD implements STAR-Ghana sponsored Elections Project”

  1. Well,this a laudable initiative and its another avenue for including the deaf in the societal activities.
    Deaf people will not feel left out.

    Posted by SAMUEL OSEI | 21/12/2016, 2:48 pm

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