I Can! Changing Lives One Person At A Time

The month of November began with one of I Can’s! employees going back to her school to inspire the youth. Sinethemba travelled to Happydale Special School to inspire, motivate and show that a disability can also be an inspiring ABILITY.

On arrival at Happydale the school principal did not recognise Sinethemba. In his own words ‘’she has grown into a lady’’.

The Principal used to teach in a mainstream school and he expected his previous learners to visit him and to inform him about their successes. In all the time that he has been in Happydale, Sinethemba is the first past pupil to visit and motivate youth with disabilities.

In the school hall Sinethemba was introduced and warmly welcomed by the psychologist Sipho Williams. Sinethemba informed the learners that she had successfully completed a Life Skills learnership at I Can! and thoroughly enjoyed it. After the learnership she was offered a position as a General Assistant at I Can! She told the learners that I Can! is there to assist and to take care of youth with disabilities. She also mentioned that having an intellectual challenge does not mean a person has no ability: there are still many opportunities available. Sinethemba also thanked all her educators, in particular Mrs Ali who has been extremely supportive of her.

Mrs Ali spoke highly of Sinethemba, particularly about the level of respect and good behaviour she possesses. She mentioned that during the holidays she would invite Sinethemba to her house. Mrs Ali did not see Sinethemba only as a pupil but as family. Sinethemba is helpful at all times and Mrs Ali is very proud to have taught her. She added that hard work, self-discipline and good behaviour is rewarding.

Sipho Williams reiterated that discipline and good behaviour starts from a young age. I Can! is changing young people’s lives not only by offering learnerships but also by assisting with employment for people with disabilities. The school principal stated that it was a pleasure having Sinethemba visit and that she must continue to make the school proud. The rest of the school pupils should learn from her and also be outstanding members of society.

Sine Mokobo