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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