Children from North Legon and neighbouring communities have learned how to communicate using sign language at free classes offered as part of Wisconsin’s Corporate Social Responsibility.
Volunteer Mr. Phillip Gordon from the Mampong School for the Deaf took the non-deaf children through the basics of communicating with those with hearing impairments.
Over a period of five weeks, nearly 30 children, aged between 8 and 12 years, learned how to sign the alphabet and numbers up to 20, as well as how to exchange basic greetings and engage in day-to-day conversation in sign language. Buses conveyed the children to and from their respective schools and free lunch was provided.
Children who had participated in the programme were awarded a Certificate of Participation at a ceremony on Saturday, 26th August 2017.
The ceremony, presided over by the Director of Public Affairs and Marketing, Mr Jacob Fynn, was attended by parents of the children who took part in the classes.
The parents also took a tour of the campus, with some expressing interest in furthering their education at Wisconsin International University College, Ghana in future.
Director of Public Affairs and Marketing, Mr Jacob Fynn, said: “Sign language classes have now become firmly entrenched as one of the key Corporate Social Responsibility activities that we offer as an institution. Teaching young children to embrace others who are different from themselves is an important part of a holistic education and preparing them for the real world.
“All the signs are pointing towards a future where inclusion will not be a luxury, but a necessity. Wisconsin is proud to be a pacesetter through programmes such as these.”
Children participating in the sign language classes expressed their excitement at the chance to learn at a university at their tender age and for the opportunity to learn a new language and make new friends.