Producers of the TV Series PUZZLED, Youth Bridge Foundation (YBF), has produced and presented copies of the first ever braille version of Ghana’s Child and Family Welfare Policy (2015) to the Akropong School for the Blind.
According to YBF, this initiative is a response to an important need of ensuring that there is equal access to justice at all levels within the society, especially for the youth, which it has embarked on as a full project through PUZZLED TV Series.
This project is done with support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).
Presenting copies of the braille version of Ghana’s Child and Family Welfare Policy (2015) to management and student leadership of the Akropong School for the Blind, the Executive Director of YBF, Seth Oteng explained that making the tenets of this important Policy accessible in braille version will increase their awareness on the issues.
“They shall be empowered through the acquired knowledge to demand their rights and be responsible citizens,” he added.
The presentation is also aligned to the overriding objective of the “Access to Justice for Youth and Persons with Disability in Ghana” project.
It is also in fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goal 16, which promotes inclusive societies for sustainable development, advance access to justice for all and support the building of effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
Mr Oteng called on corporate bodies to also identify and support institutional needs of this kind.
He stated, “the collective responsibility to build an equitable, just and all-inclusive society cannot be postponed, but has to be now.”
The YBF Executive Director also commended OSIWA for funding the project that embraces their capacity building in decision-making processes and sensitization on Ghana’s Child and Family Welfare Policy (2015) and the production of PUZZLED TV Series to conscientize and educate the public.
Receiving the presentation on behalf of the school management, Simon Adedeme lauded YBF and OSIWA for helping with one of their challenges having accessible formats of national policy documents in braille version.
“This will contribute greatly to the sense of belonging of the students and also help in their development,” he said.
He further lamented on how most of the textbooks used in teaching the students are in printed formats and as a result, mounts a lot of pressure on management to have to translate them into brailles.
“We have limited reading materials and the ones we have are not in braille, hence retarding normal learning process for us and yet, the visually impaired students go through the normal educational system to compete with privileged students,” he added.
The excited students assured YBF and OSIWA of studying the Policy Document to keep themselves very well informed of Access to Justice.
YBF is a youth-focused NGO that has the primary goal of bridging gaps for positive youth development.
It has also produced the radio version of its TV Series, PUZZLED that airs on Joy Prime on Saturdays at 4 pm GMT.