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is an 18-year-old student from
the Marabella South Second-
ary School who has proven
hard work can triumph over
He was born without the
ability to hear, but still passed
six out of seven subjects with
one distinction in his Caribbean
Secondary Education Certifi-
cate (CSEC) this year.
Amir s mother, Sieudaye
Andi-Abdoerrachman, said she
was ecstatic about his results.
She added that it was an
emotional time, as Amir s
father, her husband Rachma-
noedin, died in January this
year after suffering a stroke.
Speaking to the T&T
Guardian via telephone on Fri-
day, Sieudaye s voice broke, as
she said, "I m sad because he
is not here to celebrate with
us."She said Amir s ability to
overcome the loss of his father
and still excel in his examina-
tions was admirable, and she
was proud of him.
Amir received a distinction
in technical drawing, grade one
in building technology, grade
two in integrated science, and
three grade three s in agriculture
science, mathematics and social
When asked by his mother
how he felt when he saw his
results, Amir signed back excit-
edly "surprised and happy."
Sieudaye could be heard telling
him to sign slower so she could
He told her that studying was
difficult, but "all students
would say that," not only him
because he was deaf.
"He s exceptional, he worked
hard and sacrificed a lot," Sieu-
She credited his success to
his ability to understand things
easily, saying as soon as he
grasped a topic, he got it.
Amir has applied to the Uni-
versity of T&T to pursue
applied engineering, as he has
dreams of becoming a civil
engineer like his father was.
What is holding him back,
however, is that he failed Eng-
lish A at the CSEC examina-
Sieudaye said she was hope-
ful something could be worked
out, as Amir communicated
with his hands.
She said her wish was that
more provisions would be made
for the hearing-impaired,
including enlisting interpreters
at various institutions to help
"He needs someone to inter-
pret for him, but interpreters
are costly," she said.
Also, she is hoping for sup-
port from social welfare in the
form of a disability grant. Since
Sieudaye does not work, she
depends on assistance from the
Amir is also a Scrabble whiz,
Sieudaye said, as he represented
T&T in Malaysia at the World
Youth Scrabble Championship
(WYSC) in December 2011, and
then in another master s tour-
nament in Birmingham last
"He walks into those com-
petitions with confidence," she
She said he loved games that
required one to think, like
Scrabble and chess.
His principal, Sheldon Jodha,
said Amir was an exceptional
student who never let his
impairment hold him back.
"He was an exemplary stu-
dent," he said in a telephone
Being one of three hearing
impaired students at Marabella
South, Jodha said they "fit in
like everyone else."
And that s the message Sieu-
daye wanted to send out.
"They (people with a hearing
disability) think they are not
good enough. But I want to tell
them they are just differently-
abled. You have to use sign,
that s all. "
She said that with the right
support, which included
encouragement and people who
could use sign language, there
was nothing a hearing-impaired
person couldn t do.
"They need people to believe
in them, and then they can do
anything they want."
CHARLES KONG SOO
President of the San Juan Business Association
Abraham Ali says the country s economic sector
is suffering immensely due to a lack of foresight,
innovative thinking and implementation.
He was speaking at the St George West district
of the Ministry of Community Development s
Community Education (Skills Training) Programme
graduation ceremony at the Himalaya Club,
Barataria, on Friday.
"As it stands now our country is suffering
immensely from the lack of foresight, innovative
thinking and implementation within the economic
sector," Ali said.
"It is a well known fact that the basic stimulus
of a thriving economy derives from small and
micro enterprises, which has the ability to create
sustainable employment, as is evidenced in coun-
tries such as China, India, Brazil, Singapore and
Hong Kong. It should also be noted that the devel-
opment of the cottage industries is vital for the
economic growth in T&T."
"This country has been dependent on its off-
shore resources such as oil and gas, which in
actuality are diminishing commodities that have
not generated sufficient jobs and also does not
positively reflect upon the ratio of employment
to GOP, hence the reason it is imperative to revi-
talise cottage industries."
Minister of Community Development Winston
"Gypsy" Peters, who was also present, said the
Government had identified St George West as a
new growth area, with a focus on real estate, agri-
culture, the creative industries and small and
micro business development.
He told the over 300 graduands that with the
new skills they had acquired, they were well poised
to take advantage of these emerging opportuni-
ties.Peters said the ministry s community education
and handicraft programme had long been an incu-
bator for small and micro businesses and a spring-
board for many successful careers.
The five-month skills training programmes
offered by the ministry cover a wide range of
areas, including: make-up artistry, nail art, jewelry
making, auto electrical repair, cosmetology, African
garment making, garment construction, linen and
drapery, pillow making, growbox, ornamental
plants, balloon art, PVC construction, upholstery,
landscaping and tiling.
The next cycle for the CEP is set to begin in
T&T economy suffering
from lack of foresight
San Juan business group:
Six CSEC passes for hearing-impaired student...
Mom needs help
to keep him going
Amir Andi-Abdoerrachman received a distinction in technical
drawing, grade one in building technology, grade two in integrated
science, and three grade three's in agriculture science,
mathematics and social studies.
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