Fidel, a 22-year-old deaf man, is an inspiring testament to the transformative power of the deaf school in Rwanda. He stands as a living example of how the school dismantles local prejudices and turns pupils into active members of the community, full of strength, resilience, and influence.
Before joining the deaf school, communication was a struggle for Fidel. He couldn’t connect with his family, and he felt isolated and marginalised. However, everything changed when he joined the school. His father learned sign language, and they were finally able to communicate.
The school’s parent support sessions, where parents learn basic sign language, are life-changing for many students. Fidel’s father is extremely supportive and believes in equipping him with the skill to contribute to the community and earn. He taught him bicycle mechanics, and now, together, they work in a bicycle shop.
“I am so proud that me and my father are breadwinners of the family” Fidel told us. The bicycle shop, led by Fidel’s expertise and dedication, is always busy. Bicycles serve as the primary means of transporting both goods and individuals in the area, and Fidel plays a pivotal role in supporting the local community.
The school’s influence has reached beyond individual lives. Fidel explains “People once believed deaf people couldn’t work or fit in. We’ve proved them wrong. We’re good mechanics and I hope one day I can open my own bicycle shop and give more opportunities to deaf members of the community.”
Fidel has one piece of advice for children who are at the school now: “Take your studies seriously as education can help you achieve your dreams.”
Fidel’s story is a testament to the power of education and the importance of inclusion. He is an inspiration to us all, and we are so proud of him. Thank you for sharing your story Fidel.
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