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Thulani Shikwambana an inspiration for special needs children

Chester Makana

Thulani Shikwambana from Rivoni School for the Blind outclassed dozens of learners in Xitsonga Home Language.

Limpopo MEC for Education Ishmael Kgetjepe says it is inspiring to see top achievers emerging from special schools.

The results announcement centre stood and applauded as Shikwambana walked in the company of his school official to collect a trophy.

Kgetjepe said Shikwambana put up a fight against a lack of resources as in many schools in the province.

He said Shikwamabana’s performance resembled a change and inspiration that against all odds it is possible to shine.

Kgetjepe and premier Stan Mathabatha committed to supporting learners who have a hunger and thirst to study like Shikwambana.

Mathabatha said he would procure braille featured computers for Shikwambane to make his learning experience easier.

He also honoured Shikwambana, who is planning to study Business Management at the University of Limpopo with a special trophy.

Speaking after his awards, Shikwambana said it was not easy but he was pushed by his school management to believe in himself.

“I was scared, doubting myself, but my teachers kept on telling me go on, don’t be afraid you will make it, they believe in me and I then believe in myself,” said joyful Shikwambana.

He said although he made it, his desire was to see other visual challenged learners empowered with learning tools.

“Our school does not have more resources, we shares materials and it was the effort of our teachers to ensure that we are counted,” he said.

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