The Director of CBC Health Services, Prof. Tih Pius Muffih has handed a laptop to Chia Claude, student with Cerebral Palsy and mobility impairment in the College of Technology (COLTEC) of the University of Bamenda. The donation was made by the SEEPD program to him following a request he made to the program to support him with a laptop as an assistive device in his studies. The handing of the laptop was done recently in the Director of Health Services (DHS) Office in Bamenda.
Handing over the machine to Claude, Prof. Tih Pius congratulated him for his success in the 2020 GCE Advanced Level which permitted him to gain admission in the University of Bamenda to study Computer Software Engineering. He noted that his dreams should never be limited by his disability because others like him are successful in life, thanks to education. Prof Tih used the handling over exercise to appreciate the SEEPD program for providing the machine to Claude while encouraging persons with disabilities to break the barriers and pursue their dreams.
The 26-year-old Claude who was emotional with the gesture noted that he is the 4th child in a family of 6 and his father who was the brain behind his studies died. Being a primary school teacher he disclosed, his mother could never have been able to acquire him a laptop which is the main tool he needs in his studies. When he just got to the University, he had writing difficulties because of the nature of his disability. Thus he depended on friends to copy his notes which could only be given to him at their convenience. “With the laptop, I will be able to handle my studies conveniently especially the practical sessions,” Claude noted happily.
In a chat with the press, Claude disclosed that his motivation for studying computer software is a result of his love for technology and for the fact that he wants to be self-employed. He dreams of creating his App which will be useful in the world of technology. On behalf of his family, Claude showered blessings on the CBC Health Services for such a gesture which he described as a huge contributor to his educational life.
Like Chia Claude, the SEEPD program has in the past provided assistive devices to many persons with disabilities as well as leading in advocacy for community and stakeholders to put in place strategies that can enable them to achieve their dreams.