Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD)

ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION ON CURRICULUM FOR DEAF SCHOOLS.

As part of the long-term advocacy work on Deaf Education (DE) and Inclusive Education (IE), the GNAD organized a One-Day Round-Table Discussion on the drafted Ghanaian sign language curriculum for Deaf schools. The workshop which took place on the 18th of May, 2023 at the GNAD conference hall was attended by representatives from Special Education (SpED) Headquarters – Accra selected Deaf and non-Deaf teachers from deaf schools, representatives from Heads of Special Schools, foreign personnel and other participants representing other equally important sectors.

The aim of the round-table discussion was to have the inputs of stakeholders and determine how best the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) can ensure the drafted GhSL curriculum for Deaf schools to approve and use in schools for the deaf in Ghana.

It will be recalled that at the stakeholders’ forums on IE for learners who are deaf in Ghana on the 2nd and 3rd of June 2022, a number of action points were reached. One of these was the development of the GhSL Curriculum. Stakeholders at the forum agreed that a standardized curriculum for teaching the GhSL in Schools for the deaf, like other Ghanaian and foreign languages, is necessary to ensure effective teaching and learning for Deaf children.

Subsequently, the GNAD was tasked with the responsibility of drafting the GhSL Curriculum for teaching and learning of the GhSL in schools for the Deaf. Based on this, the GNAD constituted a team which developed and presented its first drafted work.

It is expected that the department of SpED selected heads of Special Schools, the GNAD and selected Deaf teachers work together to support the NaCCA to ensure the expansion of the draft work towards recognition and approval for national use

Below are images from the workshop.

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