Ghana’s first para-cyclist, Alem Mumuni has delivered a passionate plea to society to love persons with disabilities at the third edition of Liquid Sports Ghana’s mentorship programme dubbed, the “Making it Happen seminar” held at the Presbyterian Boy’s Secondary School last week.
Alem, who has qualified to participate in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, explained that persons with disabilities must be made to feel to be part of society so as to be able to contribute their quota towards development.
Mumuni was joined by two national sports icons, Abdul Majeed Waris and David Koney Adjetey to inspire students to combine their studies well with sports to achieve their aims in life at the third edition of the mentorship programme.
The trio took turns to narrate their experiences of combining academics and sports while highlighting the benefits their hard work yielded in later years.
“As students, I plead with you to have love for persons with disabilities especially children with disabilities. Disability is everybody’s lot. It can happen to anyone,” Alem said in response to a question from a student who wanted to know how he deals with discrimination from society at a packed to capacity school assembly hall.
“For those who have children in their families, friends and loved ones with disabilities, please just give them that love. They are part of society. They are part of you. We just need that love to be able to contribute to the development of our country.
Alem, who got infected with polio at the age of two and lost the use of his right leg, said he had suffered severally due to his disability.
“I have been stigmitised, marginalised and discriminated against and it still continues because our society put us there so they continue to do it.”
He added that persons with disability still have a role to play in national development and must not be treated as a burden on society.
Several students contributed to the interactive session of the programme asking questions bordering on how to combine school work and sports, dealing with difficult parents who do not see the need to take part in sporting activities, dealing with stigmatisation, among others.
Meanwhile, about 100 people including students and teachers at the school were screened for diabetes and hypertension by Your Health Matters-Ghana, a Ghanaian based NGO.
According to the CEO of the NGO, Gladys Dadzie, her outfit aims to create awareness about diabetes and hypertension by undertaking health outreaches in schools, hospitals, churches and communities.
Participants at the one-day event voluntarily tested for their sugar and blood pressure levels and also received the necessary counselling during the course of the programme. The participants were refreshed by Guinness .
Anchored by Ghanaian journalist and the Managing Editor of www.liquidsportsghana,com, Erasmus Kwaw, the mentorship programme has previously taken place at Accra Academy and Labone Senior High School.