Marwan is 12 years old, he has profound hearing loss.
The young boy has been able to exceed expectations of his abilities upon being among the first students with hearing disabilities to be enrolled in public schools in the Gaza Strip. This achievement came after ASDC adopted inclusive education development and ensued to make change.
Entering into this venture and leaving the environment where he felt safe and comfortable Marwan was nervous and scared. Not knowing if a school full of hearing children would accept him and welcome him regardless of his disability.
During the early days of enrolment Marwan depended greatly on concentrating intently on his teacher to grasp what was being taught. Sitting in the first row in class also gave him an advantage of asking for clarification and assistance when he needed. As the first term examinations approached the young boy grew nervous since he felt he would not be able to comprehend many of the terms used. It was then that his teacher guided the young boy through the various terms using sign language based on the training he had previously received. This additional support proved greatly beneficial to Marwan who spent long hours studying and completing worksheets.
The young boy’s teacher expressed his happiness at Marwan’s commitment towards his education. He was continuously curious to ask and learn new things which played an important part in easing communication between the young boy and his classmates who soon grew used to him and accepted his differences.
The school counselor also identified that initially Marwan’s quietness made it an obstacle for him to make friends in class and keep up with his teacher’s instructions, but within a short period Marwan learnt to better communicate with his classmates and teachers using his residual hearing and sign language abilities.
“This experience has helped me grow and learn, I very much enjoy being with my new classmates and teachers” happily expressed Marwan.
It is worth mentioning that Marwan was a student at Atfaluna School where he grew up and received his education since, he was six years of age. The young boy has been known for his good character and positive personality.
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