Make sacrifices, student tells peers

If you want to be somebody in the future, you have to make sacrifices, encourages a person living with disability (PLWD).

The motivational speaker for the Cheshire disAbility Services PNG integration ceremony was Isabelle Kila, a girl who was born without limbs.

She is currently a second year law student at the University of Papua New Guinea.

Kila encouraged the graduates to avoid negativity when they are in the mainstream schools.

“No one can achieve your desires better than yourself,” she added.

With the theme “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all,” the 8th integration ceremony coincided with the International Day for Persons with Disabilities.

The event was hosted on Friday at Hohola in Port Moresby.

A total of 43 PLWDs were integrated to the mainstream schools, this includes 2 home-based students.

The program started with an emotional note as parents, guardians, guests and the public were treated to dances, speeches and award presentations.

Meanwhile, Cheshire’s general manager, Bernard Ayieko, said proper facilities should be made available in tertiary institutions.

This is to encourage more enrollment of students in similar situations like Kila.

“It is you who makes yourself what you want, not what people think you could do,” Ayieko further added.

Senior teacher Karina Yakali said there are a lot of problems that students with disabilities face after they are integrated into mainstream schools.

Some noticeable issues are discrimination from other students and the lack of access to certain school facilities such as moving up and down school buildings.

After the students are integrated into mainstream schools, the teachers from the Cheshire home would monitor their performance in weekly visits.

(Some of the Cheshire disAbility Services PNG students)

Rosemary Yambune