Roughly four years after he began his life-altering journey to earn a secondary-level education as a differently-abled student abroad, Kaheem Malone is now employed at the Alexandrina Maduro Primary School in Baugher’s Bay.
Malone was hired as a teacher’s aide for students in the school’s Therapeutic Kindergarten class.
The class was created to provide ‘inclusive education’ for kindergarten students who are differently-abled.
Malone was among 25 persons who landed various local jobs between April and June this year under the Youth Employment Services (YES) programme.
As part of the programme, participants undertook enrichment workshops at the H Lavity Stoutt Community College that made them ideal candidates for employment.
Malone, who graduated in May, was one of two students to benefit from a special needs scholarship to attend the Vanguard School for Special Needs in Florida, USA.
Education Minister Myron Walwyn sees his employment as the government’s way of providing ‘equal employment opportunities’ for differently-abled persons in the territory.
“Kaheem’s employment is also a signal that we are making progress in providing employment opportunities for differently abled persons in our community,” Walwyn said.
He also expressed his gratitude to the principal of the school ‘for seeing the ministry’s vision’. The minister then encouraged other organisations to become a part of YES.
Meanwhile, Walwyn said the successful employment of the young people signals progress in the British Virgin Islands.
“I believe that the employment of our YES participants is a sign of the reopening and reestablishment of businesses within the territory and I am pleased that employers continue to recognise the role that they play in the overall recovery process,” he said.
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