By Cecil Mensah
As part of measures to unearth sporting talents in People With Disabilities (PWDs) and to educate the public on the need not to discriminate against PWDs, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Here for Perfection (H4P) Crew organized an inter-Schools Disability Fun Games in Accra last week.
According to the organizers, the games were to create avenue to identify and develop the abilities of PWDs in area of sports and as a means of grooming potential athletes for the Special Olympics and Paralympics.
The games were to also foster cooperation among special education institutions in the country.
The second edition of the fun games was on the Theme: “Ability in Disability”, saw thirteen disability schools namely; State School for the Deaf, Salvation Army School for the Deaf, New Horizon School, Cape Coast School for the Deaf and Blind, Wa Methodist School for the Blind and Wa Senior High School.
The rest were; Akropong School for the Blind, Dzorwulu Special School compete in Tug of Peace, Lime and Spoon, Three –legged Race, Sack Race, Table Tennis, Volley Ball and Football at the Burma Camp Leisure Centre.
Speaking at the commencement of the games, Miss Elorm Assieh, a member of H4P said, since the inception of the organization some three years ago, it had successfully distributed 2000 insecticide treated nets to some residents in the Greater Accra, Eastern and Western Regions, as part of its anti-Malaria campaign.
She said, the group single handedly pioneered the television programme dubbed, “Helping Hand show”.
She noted that as the NGO marks it third anniversary, the organization was proud to host the second edition of the inter-schools disability fun games to demonstrate its commitment to bringing dignity to disability.
“It is an undeniable fact that persons with disability continue to face discrimination and marginalization in the society”.
The nation need to remove these systematic barriers that hinder PWDs from significantly contributing their quota to the economy, she said
On her part, Madam Juliana Amponsah, the Executive Secretary of the Disability Secretariat at the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection, commended the organizers of the games and for making PWDs accepted in the society.
She said PWDs continue to be confronted with discrimination, even though an Act has been enacted to protect their rights.