Bagabo Joshua

Joshua became deaf after falling severely ill as an infant. However, his parents could not afford to send him to a nearby deaf school since special needs schools are more costly. When his younger sister turned seven, his parents enrolled her in primary school and sent Joshua along. He was ten at the time. The two would sit next to each other during lessons every day. When Joshua failed to understand what was being taught, his sister would attempt to use signs, although not the official version, to explain it to him. Their classmates tried to help as well. Joshua appreciated the opportunity to learn even though it was far from ideal. He thought it was too precious to lose. In this manner, Joshua and his sister advanced to Primary Six, when the learning strategy slowed unravelled. However hard he tried, he could no longer comprehend the material covered in class through sheer observation and crude signs.

That was a major turning point of his life. He was forced to stop schooling while his sister moved on to the subsequent level. He stayed at home and was given physical tasks to carry out. Before, he would be required to assist in the farm, clean the house and fetch water from the nearby well. Now he had to herd the cows, milk them and find grasslands for them to graze on. In addition, Joshua’s workload doubled when his father remarried; he was exploited to work for the other household as well. Joshua had no choice but to acquiesce. His mother and sisters were extremely unhappy with the treatment he received, but they did not have the resources to send him to a deaf school or a vocational institution. Joshua led this life for a good six years. When his older sister finally found a job, she worked hard to gather the resources necessary and sent him to sign language classes. After six months of receiving training, he joined Good Samaritan to resume his primary education. Joshua highly appreciates the chance that he has been given to move upwards in life. His effort in learning sign language has paid off as he is on his way to completing Primary Six with a very decent grade.







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