The National Youth Council (NYC) of the Trades Union Congress ( TUC- Ghana), as part of activities to mark the International Youth Day Celebration 2022, donated some items to the Akropong school for the blind on Friday, August 12, 2022.
The items include not limited to bags of rice, sugar, flour beans, gallons of oil, toiletries, cooking pots, stationeries , among others .
Receiving the items on behalf of the school, the Head Mistress for the school, Madam Veronica Dery, expressed appreciation to the National Youth Council (NYC) of the TUC for their benevolence. She added that the Administration of the school would use the donated items to cater for the students.
She further called on other organisations, including NGOs, to emulate this gesture from the TUC to aid in catering for the needs of the blind students. She added that the school lacked Braille Text Books and that the government should provide of them to enhance effective teaching of the students.
The Assistant Boys School Prefect, Master Peter, also appreciated the NYC of TUC for the donation. He further called on government to continue to provide braille Text Books to the school since it’s in shortage. he added that the dormitories should also be improved and additional ones built as well.
The Secretary of the National Youth Council of TUC, Abena Afriyie, said the gesture was part of yearly activities that the NYC of the TUC embarks on every year to commémorate the International Youth Day. she reiterated that it was the turn for the Akropong school for the deaf to benefit from the annual project, and that called for the donation in the school.
The National Chairperson of the NYC of TUC, Dennis Atuwo, said NYC considers the blind students as their colleagues and that there was the need to show love to them adding that society should not neglect them but aid them.
According to the United Nations (UN) the objective of International Youth Day 2022 is to amplify the message that action is needed across all generations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and leave no one behind. It will also raise awareness on certain barriers to intergenerational solidarity, notably ageism, which impacts young and old persons, while having detrimental effects on society as a whole.
Ageism is an insidious and often an unaddressed issue in health, human rights and development, and has bearings on both older and younger populations around the world. In addition, ageism regularly intersects with other forms of bias (such as racism and sexism) and impacts people in ways that prevent them to reach their full potential and comprehensively contribute to their community.