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Education is a right for everyone - not a privilege. It was a new experience to see how people with hearing problems can access quality education by the use of technology where they have a hearing device that makes them hear and understand the lessons respectively.
Super17 team on 18th August 2015 visited Frijsenborg efterskole on SDG goal 4, which is about ensuring "inclusive and quality education for all”. We were completely amazed to see how inclusive education have been prioritized to make sure that everyone have an opportunity to quality and equal education without anyone being discriminated based on their physical disabilities. We had a discussion with a girl at the school who has hearing problems, and this is what she had to say:
”I am always happy to be in school with my friends, because with this hearing device, I am able to hear and understand. I feel like I don’t have this problem at all and that I'm not so different from others”.
We were happy to see that the school has a balanced number of pupils, both boys and girls. The situation is different in our countries Zambia and Myanmar, where people with disabilities have their own kind of special education and are separated from other abled pupils. That affects them psychologically (discrimination). In Zambia and Myanmar the number of girls in schools is always lower than the number of boys, which broadens the gap on achieving gender equality in education.
Imagine if pupils with hearing challenges in our countries could have such kind of opportunities. It would give them a platform to achieve their dreams, and we would have a better community.