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Malone to graduate Florida special needs school this week

Kaheem Malone (front, left) is photographed at the Vanguard School in Florida with Permanent Secretary in the Education Ministry, Marcia Potter; Minister Myron Walwyn; and two other local students.

Four years ago, Education Minister Myron Walwyn led an initiative that offered special needs scholarships so differently-abled local students could seek secondary education outside of the territory.

Earning a scholarship, young Kaheem Malone enrolled at the Vanguard School for Special Needs in Florida.

Come Thursday, Malone will be donning his ceremonial cap and gown as he graduates from the United States-based school.

Shermika Nibbs-Samuel, the proud mother of Malone took to social media this week to express her joy and gratitude for the educational opportunities offered to her son.

She described the Walwyn-led Special Needs Scholarship Programme as “something beautiful”.

“Kaheem was one of the first two to be blessed with such an opportunity. This week, join him as he walks his final walks as a proud senior and graduate from the Vanguard School … Thanks to all who were a part of this magnificent journey. The road was rough but he never gave up,” Nibbs Samuel said.

When contacted about the youngster’s success, Minister Walwyn said he was ‘beaming with pride’.

“I am so happy that he made it. It’s moments like these that are the most rewarding for me in politics,” he told BVI News.

The special needs initiative offers two scholarships to assist differently-abled students each year.

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  1. lol says:

    W———- will be jealous

  2. Great says:

    Congrats Kaheem… job well done

  3. Election watch says:

    Through all the poor performance of the NDP, one Minister stands out as doing good work consistently over the years. I only hope that Myron doesn’t get caught up in the wind when we throw out the NDP. He really works. Another great initiative!

  4. Reader says:

    Congrats Kaheem, also to your mother and Familu, as well as to the Minister of Education. Keep up the good work!

  5. Lordie says:

    Myron and the entire NDP will go.

    Too many crooks

  6. ab education is a right says:

    Hire well qualified school psychologist,special education teachers and intervention specialists that can help work with and design curriculum for differently abled children. The cost of 1 student at Vanguard can pay for one or more of the above specialists that can help many.

  7. education says:

    We have them here but they are not being used as they should—in the classroom.

  8. ab education is a right says:

    That’s ashamed that they would rather spend funds on scholarships to Vanguard when they can utilize readily available resources, if you have them there already. It is a missed opportunity each year. At some point they have to start somewhere so they can help the students in need who are not getting scholarships and begin collecting and studying the data on what’s working and what’s not working. They can also begin tracking students success all locally…otherwise it doesn’t help BVI education system and society at large. Having local information also helps the education system plan and target funding to where it is needed most…to assist students attain their educational goals.

  9. BLESSED says:

    God Bless You Always Young Man

  10. Yay, Kaheem! says:

    Congratulations, Kaheem. I knew you could do it. Good luck in your future endeavors. Congratulations, too, Ms. Nibbs-Samuel.
    Nurse Brown

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