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Deaf School in discussion on the Creative Arts

Published on : 30/07/2014
Source : artsghana.org

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As part of a grant offered by the Ghana Denmark Cultural Fund, Franka Maria Andoh visited the Cape Coast School of the Deaf with a team to discuss the creative arts industry with children of the school. 
On the team were Steve Ababio, professional photographer, Raymond Edusei (owner of Adinqra Digital), Coretta Edusei (physiotherapist and trainer from Birmingham - England), Nana Ama Eshun (personal assistant to Ms. Andoh) and D.K. Osei Yaw (ace poet). 
The individuals spent 30 minutes to an hour in each classroom, talking to the children, with the help of translator Joyce from the University of Ghana about possible careers as authors, photographers, graphic designer, poets and Coretta Edusei talked to the children about the importance of having confidence in yourself. 
The theme for the day was "What can you do with what you see", and Franka read her story ‘Josephine' to the children, which they thoroughly enjoyed.  "You are blessed with the gift of sight," she said to the children, "there is so much you can do with this gift.  Read as much as you can and use the books as a learning tool; use the Internet as a source of learning and not only entertainment."  
She encouraged the children to start a reading club and promised to come back to listen to their stories.  120 copies of I Have Time purchased by generous individuals with personal messages to the children were distributed.  The group then visited the Elmina Castle before returning to Accra.

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