Rural Initiatives for Self Empowerment –Ghana(RISE-Ghana), a local NGO is implementing a Sports Project in Bolgatanga , Upper East Region aimed at promoting inclusive sports and the rights of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).
The Project, sponsored by the Australian Government is entitled, “We Know Sports:Persons with Disabilities in Active Sports”.
Mr Awal Ahmed, Project Manager of RISE in a speech at the launching of the Project in Bolgatanga on Friday, said the major target of the project was to build the capacity of PWDs to enable them organize themselves and compete well in sporting activities.
He said at the end of the Project it was expected that PWDs would be able to play and attract gate fees from soccer fans and spectators and the general public to support their activities.
The Project, he noted would also support them to organize keen competitions on regional bases, among the three regions in the northern sector and nationally to help eradicate the wrong perceptions that sports is the preserve of the able-bodied.
“As part of the Project, the Upper East PWDs Sports Wing will be provided with 12 sports wheel chairs, four javelins, four shot putts and three discuss disks”
According to the Project Manager, a series of capacity building workshops on sports planning and management, advocacy and publicity for sports would also be undertaken all aimed at improving sporting activities for PWDs.
Mr Edward Ayagle, Bolgatanga Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) who launched the Project urged management of the NGO to ensure that the funding from their Donors was used judiciously so as to win their confidence and achieve the desired results.
He entreated the disabled persons to take their sporting activities seriously since it could fetch them some income and livelihood during matches, stressing that “this will take you off from begging on the streets”.
Mr David Aniah, National President in charge of PWDs Sports Wing, commended the Australian Government for the support and said it was the first of its kind to them in the Region.
He said some of the challenges confronting them include inadequate sports equipment and inaccessible grounds for training.
Mr Richard Ananga, an Advocacy Expert took the PWDs through topics including Advocacy and Lobbying, Elements of Successful Advocacy Action and identifying Key Issues for Advocacy. GNA