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'My job is to make children hopeful': inside Liberia's deaf school
by Nadene Ghouri in Tubmanburg

The Guardian    Translate This Article
10 August 2016

On 10 August 2016 The Guardian reported: Disabled Liberians are among the most marginalised in society. But one school is trying to ensure students lead full lives. Oscar Romero school for deaf children is one of a handful of specialist privately run facilities for children with disabilities in Liberia. Elsewhere in LIberia, Varney N Steward, set up a school for a town that lacked one, despite being blind and destitute. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of education, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

Varney N Steward lost his sight after contracting river blindness during Liberia's civil wars. Left destitute, he arrived in Jawajeh village, Montserrado County. When he discovered the nearby town of Lowah had no school, he offered to start one.

'I said to the parents, 'Bring your children to me and I will teach them.' The next day five children came and I sat in the field and taught them ABC and maths. The next morning, they came back.'

From that humble start he created the Yassa J David Christian Academy, which today has 189 pupils from nursery to fifth grade (year 6 in the UK). The thriving school is a testament to his dedication. . . .

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