Zakiya who is 23 years of age has been able to break barriers surrounding persons with disabilities limiting achieving their rights at finding equal job opportunities.
After graduating from the Islamic University with a diploma degree in Creative Information Technology the young girl pursued to find a job opportunity. The challenges and obstacles she faced during this period was overwhelming due to her inability to communicate using verbal language and the reluctance of employers to give her a chance.
After some time of unsuccessful job searching Zakiya decided to try another opportunity. Having the passion and skills to produce quality pastries at home the young woman decided to give it a try professionally. She enrolled in a culinary arts course at Atfaluna to further strengthen her cooking skills, having excelled during the training period she was enlisted in internship training where she was hired at a local restaurant.
“I am so happy at receiving this opportunity, this is my first job and I am going to do my best to prove myself” Zakiya expressed excitedly.
Within a short period Zakiya was building successful relationships with her colleagues and was working hard to prove her skills at work. Her costiveness and willingness to learn and help out in the work place proved that she was reliable. “Zakiya has been a great addition to our team, she is full of energy and passion for her work. Within a short time, she has taught us to communicate with her using sign language which has actually not been difficult to learn. We are proud of her and have agreed to extend her work contract with us. We wish her the best of luck.” Stated Baha Abu Shaban her direct supervisor at the restaurant.
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