Posted by News Express | 17 July 2015 | 2,337 times
The Pacelli School for the Blind and Partially Sighted Children, Lagos, on Thursday graduated 20 students.
The Principal, Revd. Sister Jane Onyenri, said at the 2015 Graduation/ Creative Exhibition that the graduands comprised 15 blind and partially sighted, and five rehabilitated secondary school students.
She said that the class of 2015 scored 98 per cent in the National Examinations Council (NECO).
``This effort has earned you a place in the prestigious Queens College, Kings' College and Lagos Model College (Special).
``My dear children, you have joined the many stars of our great nation.
``As you enter this new phase of life, we pray that God will give you wisdom, understanding and fear God to make good decisions.
``To those who say stop dreaming and be realistic, I will encourage you to keep dreaming but make the dream a reality.
``You should know that your parents and guardians are very proud of you today; they have high hopes for you and they believe in you, always do your best to make them happy.
``The diploma you hold in your hands today is really just learner's permit for the rest of the drive.’’
Onyenri said that Fidelity Bank Plc donated 20 typewriters to the students, and cash donations to the school.
One of the graduating students, Miss Aishat Ogunkoya, 15, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that she had made a success of her life.
Ogunkoya, who was partially sighted from birth, said that the school gave her the necessary training to excel in life.
``When I came to the school, I was not happy; I was angry with my parents, but later, I realised it was the best place for me.
``I have spent seven years in Pacelli and I am very happy today that I am graduating.
``I can read, write and do so many things on my own," she said.
A parent, Mrs Moyo Ademosun, told NAN that she was happy to be alive to witness the ceremony.
Ademosun said that her daughter, Rachel, became blind after falling sick as a toddler.
She said that Rachel was abandoned and locked up for many years at home because of the shame.
``There was nothing wrong with her from birth, but she fell sick; after treating her, I discovered that she could no longer see.
``She became blind in the hospital after she fell ill, and I became very sad.
``For many years, I kept her at home because of her disability; but someone told me about this school and I am happy for their help.
``The school gave her everything I cannot give her in life," she said.
NAN reports that the students, in spite of their disabilities, displayed their talents in choreography, poem, dance, instrumental display and creative art. (NAN)
Photo shows: Blind pupils
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