Victoria Miazee, a visually impaired student of the Calvary Temple AG Mission High School has challenged her peers not to limit themselves because of their condition.
Victoria made the remark when she formed part of the 21st graduation exercise of the Calvary Temple AG Mission High School graduation in Paynesville.
On January 8, 2021, the school graduated 72 students, where most of them made successful passes in the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSSCE).
Ms. Miazee said nowadays in the Liberian society, many parents are said to be discriminatory when they have more than seven children and among them is a disabled child, something she noted as unfair that can discourage those who are visually impaired about life.
According to reports, Miazee’s mother is a widow and has always been supportive to her daughter’s education.
She called on parents to do what it takes to support children with disability because they could make an impact.
“Being disabled or visually impaired does not mean that it is our inability,” she added.
“Let me encourage all of my friends out there who think that nothing good can come out of them. If they are thinking that way, let me say this to you that this is a myth,” she noted.
She, however, thanked Kids’ Education Engagement Project (KEEP), for the level of support. Victoria Miazee has over past years received an overwhelming support from KEEP and the Destiny Kids Assistance Program.
KEEP has over the years provided various resources that would facilitate access to primary education by engaging with parents, community leadership, established community structures and other partners. KEEP seeks to promote social justice and development of vulnerable children and youth by strengthening their capacities.
The organization also envisages the upliftment of children in Liberia through educational empowerment regardless of social or geographic status.
Meanwhile, District #2Repsentative Jimmy Smith, said if the young people must take over leadership of the country, they must be taken care of. Representative Smith who served as the keynote speaker at the occasion acknowledged that over the years young people, especially those within the disabled community and the visually impaired have suffered societal marginalization.
Rep. Smith who boasted of his overwhelming support to young people over the years, however, failed to mention how many persons from the disabled community including visually impaired that he has helped over the years since he became Representative of District #2 in Montserrado County.