With retinoblastoma, a kind of cancer that develops from immature cells of a retina, Safiya Mundus has worked her way to be among the 25,374 graduates of the Eusebio C. Santos Elementary School in Taguig last April 4.
Safiya is totally blind; her parents had to have both of her eyes removed when she was only six months old to “save” her. At 14, Safiya has to use prosthetic eyes for cosmetic enhancement.
Through education, though, Safiya has developed a liking for playing chess and goalball. She is also into reading books and studying English. To date, Safiya has thought of becoming a social worker for blind people like her.
It must be for this reason that the Provincial Government of Pampanga through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) has given P2,500 educational financial assistance to each of the 1,975 persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the province.
The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) has also urged the government to provide mobile special education (SPED) schools for children with disability (PWD) to address their low school participation rate as well as the lack of teaching facilities.
The PWD Forum hopes for more people like Governor Lilia Pineda, Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and Board Members Fritzie David-Dizon, Cherry Manalo and Benny Jocson for coming with the scheme in Pampanga. Kudos, too, for Research Associate Adrian Agbon for considering how PWDs can continue and finish their studies.
“The only disability in life is bad attitude.” ~ Scott Hamilton
Video taken from the YouTube Channel of UNICEF