I come from a large Deaf family, and am the only one who has matriculated. Before I started school, my parents had taught me sign language and there was never an issue communicating with them and the rest of the family as it’s our first language.
My Deaf uncle went to V. N. Naik School for the Deaf and he was so proud to announce that he had a Deaf niece and he spoke to the principal about me and he informed my parents that I could start school at age 3, my dad was so scared to send me to school as I am his only child.
My mum and uncle had to convince him to send me to school, so I too attended V. N. Naik School for the Deaf. I learned everything from my teachers and I worked independently at home because I had no educated family members. This made me want to help and be there for Deaf people like me who had a passion to succeed against all odds.
I am employed as a facilitator at eDeaf. Every day I think about my learners future. My job is not only to teach them, but to empower them, and help them to succeed. I take my role very seriously as I know my teaching will have an impact on their future. My typical day of teaching I.T skills involves a lot of pre-planning and hard work. I ensure that my learners have clear and open communication lines with myself and each other. “What you put in is what you get out”, I truly believe in this because, I.T is not an easy subject, both the theoretical and practical aspects. Especially for my learners, as English is not their first language, there are many ups and downs in this subject due to the fact that there are many difficult words, definitions, programmes and systems involved. As a Deaf person many opportunities are not present or are very limited. However eDeaf has taught me that hard work prevails and being the change that you want to see not only encourages my learners but adds value to eDeaf.
eDeaf has given me an opportunity to encourage and empower Deaf people, to ensure that they have a good future, a good life, accessibility and achieve more than they imagined. eDeaf has taught me that sometimes you have to work twice as hard as everybody else to ensure that some people get a fair shot at life. I want my learners to achieve and be the best that they can be. My success comes from my learners successes. And failures are lessons.
At eDeaf we are a family and family support each other through bad and good times, through confidence and weaknesses. At eDeaf we strive to succeed and treat each other (staff, learners, helpers) like family because like other families, we want nothing but the best for each other. I have become a better person, teaching and learning from everyone, peers and mentors.