The School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) provides free and subsidised travel for eligible school students on Gracedom's mini-buses. This is going to be available for transport to and from school in (remote) places where students find it difficult in obtaining transport to and from schools. Gracedom Alms International will manage the School Student Transport Scheme and students will be issued passes which they shall use to board on a regular basis.
Gracedom's Education Policy places a general duty on projects in developing countries to promote the use of sustainable transport on the school journey. Sustainable travel is any form of transport that keeps damage to our environment, and therefore to the future, to a minimum.
The sustainable travel to school strategy builds on other related policies, initiatives and strategies at both national and local level to improve the safety, health, well-being and future prospects of young people. The strategy takes into account the needs of young people with disabilities, extended schools, and schools that are located in remote places, far away from where pupils live.
Our vision for travel to school is to help children and young people in Ghana to places of education and training in ways that are sustainable and good for their health, personal development and independence. It has the following objectives:
Gracedom hopes to achieve these in partnership with schools and parents.
The strategy is consistent with the six priorities of the Children and Young People's Plan, to:
The strategy has due regard to the extended schools initiative and assists parents to make an informed decision on whether to let their child travel to and from the school using modes of transport other than being driven.
An extended school is a school that recognises that it
cannot work alone in helping children and young people to achieve their
potential, and therefore decides to work in partnership with others who have an
interest in outcomes for children. In doing so it not only meets the needs of the school but shares in meeting the
wider needs of the community Dake (2012)
The Special Needs Transport (SEN) Team faces the challenge of ensuring that those with special educational needs those with learning difficulties are safely transported into either school or specialist services every day.
The customers that we make arrangements for could have a wide variety of needs such as, physical disabilities, learning difficulties, emotional and behavioural difficulties, autism epilepsy and many others, making the job of getting them from home to school or day services a complex one.
It is very important that SEN pupils are transported to school in a safe manner and it is the policy of the Gracedom Team to provide equipment that ensures that this is the case. We provide a range of equipment such as car seats and booster cushions for smaller and younger pupils, specialist car seating for pupils with severe or complex learning disabilities, specialist harnesses for pupils who need extra support, or who are likely to wriggle out of standard 3 point harnesses and a range of other equipment. We also provide a range of specialist webbing restraints for the safe transportation of wheelchairs.