The Ghana Blind Union (GBU) has noted the fact that government has given directives that schools should open on 22nd and 29th of June ,2020, respectively. GBU has noted with interest that all senior high second year blind students are in the Gold track. Consequently, they are to report to school on the 22nd June 2020. Additionally, final year JHS blind students will report on the 29th.
GBU wishes to highlight some concerns, and appeal to the government to ensure that blind students are provided with extra safety kits of face masks and hand sanitizers. This is because blind students do a lot of touching for the sake of mobility and identification of objects. For instance, to navigate indoors, a blind person is likely to touch furniture and objects than his/her sighted counterpart.
Again, when walking, blind persons who need guides are likely to hold on to their sighted guides. The implication here is, the blind person is to ensure sanitation of his hands as well as his/her guide. Both situations require more use of hand sanitizer.
In respect to the E-learning, we wish to draw the government’s attention to the following unique situations of the blind learners: