Making an impact
Koforidua Unit School for Deaf and Handicapped Children, Ghana
The Koforidua Unit School for the Deaf in rural Ghana gives hearing-impaired and handicapped children the opportunity to learn American Sign Language, acquire a trade whereby they may become self-sustaining, and receive an academic and vocational education that will give them an equal footing in society.
The school was keen to start a percussion instrument project using traditional Ghanaian instruments. A Musequality grant has enabled them to buy instruments and pay teachers’ salaries for the first year. The music project has already had a positive impact with improved attendance at the school, greater participation of children who were previously withdrawn, and increased parental involvement at the school.