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Helping female deaf student gain empowerment and access to the new (social) media

With the Girls from BSD

The advent of New and Social Media has brought tremendous changes in many lives, especially in the lives of women and other marginalized groups – deaf, blind etc.

Today, new [social] media has become that effective tool for social change. It continues to give a voice to the voiceless, and bring to spotlight the needs of the marginalized and abused. This platform has also exposed and promoted local community supports in bringing change.

Sunday, September 30, as part of my VOF Each Teach Five task, it was an honour for me to have finally had the chance to share my skills and Citizen Journalism knowledge with some five female students from the Buea School for the Deaf. Where, I trained them on how to use new media like WorldPulse and social media (Facebook) to gain empowerment and to make their voices heard. Helping them tell their story and also exploring the opportunities new (social) media presents to all humankind.

Naomi, a VOF EachTeach Five Trainee Tell Her Story:

My name is Naomi Nana Wandja, I am 18 years old. I am in form four. Permit me share my story with you especially how and when I became deaf –and what life is like to be deaf for someone who was not born deaf?

It all started when I was six. I began experiencing this on-and-off fever. Until one day, not only did I have fever –but did loss my hearing ability. At that time I was about 7 – 8 years. What a difficult moment for me and my family.
When this all happened, I was in primary school. Each day I will cry, wept for myself not been able to play with friends, siblings laugh and / or gossip and talk to each other freely like before

One day, I asked my mum whether there was a place on this planet, a country I can find deaf people; a place where I can live with people like me happily.

Luckily for me, one day (a month or two after I had asked my mum to look for me a place where I will see people like me), my mum took me to a deaf school in Kumba, there I saw young people like myself who were deaf. I was surprised though glad to know I am not alone on this world. There I learnt sign-language and how to read and write better. After obtaining my FSLC, I was enrolled in BSD, which is where I have been for four years. BSD is my second home, my family. I love my school, teachers and friends. I feel so safe and secure here.

At BSD, we are one another’s keeper, we live happily –BSD is that home I had always longed for.
BSD gave me hope, love and made him dream big. I believe I can be whatever I want to be if I work hard. And one day, I hope to build a higher learning institution like a university and vocational school with multi-disciplinary for the deaf. With the right education, I know we [deaf] can bring great change in our society.

Connect with Naomi Alison on WorldPulse at WP/NaomiAlison

View Our Sister's Profile at - anyinkeng's profile [1]

Join Buea School for the Deaf on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/FoBSD/?ref=ts&fref=ts

The girls with the sign-language Interpreter posed after the Training

Comments

Sharontina's picture

Good job!

Excellent Zoneziwoh,

You have been at your best in bringing in a new hope and light into the lives of these girls.

I wish them all the best in their life to achieve greater heights.

Cheers.

Merlin Sharontina

zoneziwoh's picture

Thank you Dear Sister

Sis, indeed together we shall raise the sisters voices higher. We wouldn't rest until attention is given to the needs.

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

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Amei's picture

Well Done!

Do not give up until we achieve what we are passionate about. We will inspire each other in million ways. Share you stories keep us informed.

With love and wish you all the best.
Amei

Yes my sis, we wont give up until we success. thanks for saying Hello and commenting

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

Facebook:Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo Wondieh

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Cali gal Michelle's picture

Hope and Need

Thank you for bringing this story. I have worked with very young children who are unable to use their voice to communicate for one reason or another. I believe that every child has a voice, no matter how young they are, and all I need to do is find it. 20 years ago technology was in it's infancy for assistive communication. So, I spent hours upon hours creating individualized picture books for them to use. Then there were computer-type communications devices, but they were large and heavy. It has been so exciting to see how these devices have evolved over the years, becoming more complex, yet smaller and simpler to use.

All of this to say, there is so much out there now to make communication and functioning in our world much more accessible and affordable. If you know of needs in this area for these students, perhaps we can begin a campaign to provide needed communication technology.

Until then, please keep bringing these stories and areas that need attention and action. Thank you for taking action.

Let us Hope together-
Michelle
aka: Cali gal

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Sister-Mentor
@CaliGalMichelle
facebook.com/caligalmichelle

zoneziwoh's picture

My sister--You are God Sent

Amazing dear Sis, I read your comment with so much emotion. at the same time, it felt like a dream coming to reality. Indeed every child has a voice no matter how young they may be. and that is something humankind must realized and acknowledge.

see their FB page, which was created to help raise their voices https://www.facebook.com/groups/FoBSD/

Michelle, if there is something we should do for the student is to empower with the skills and knowledge on how to perfectly tell their stories. They should be given / taught on how to use tools in telling their story. Though, presently, many of them are unable to afford fees and other basic facilities for education.

I will be glad if we could do a campaign to help raise awareness and bring attention to their cause. Thanks You so much for this marvelous idea and for pushing the conversation further

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

Facebook:Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo Wondieh

Twitter | Instagram: @ZoFem

kirthijay's picture

Such a wonderfully written

Such a wonderfully written piece. Thank you for sharing these wonderful stories!

Sister, many thanks for the comment. It is encouraging and I would ensure that the students read everyone's comments here, at least to feel belong and know they are not alone.

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

Facebook:Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo Wondieh

Twitter | Instagram: @ZoFem

kirthijay's picture

Stay blessed! <3

Stay blessed! <3

Greengirl's picture

Great Work and Efffort Zoneziwoh

I enjoyed reading your piece and I am much inspired by your effort. There is no doubt that Naomi and the the girls have found a dependable mentor and role model in you.

I just must re-echo this: "Great Work"

Love and hugs to you and the GIRLS!

Olanike

zoneziwoh's picture

Sister, thank you

Sis Olanike, its always an honour to reading feedback from you. At least, this I know one is not a lone here on WP. Thanks you, once more. Together we shall make that different in women's lives

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

Facebook:Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo Wondieh

Twitter | Instagram: @ZoFem

Osai's picture

Great Initiative

This has given me ideas and possibilities for including persons with disabilities in our programs more effectively.
Thanks.
Best wishes,
Osai

Twitter: @livingtruely

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