Redemptorist Vocational School for People with Disabilities

After two long years of study, countless testing and examinations the students at the Redemptorist Vocational School for people with Disabilities are ready to leave. But before they do there is one final ceremony that takes place.

On the Saturday following the last day of term, forty graduating students gathered for a ritual that all students and teachers look forward to.

At exactly seven o’clock in the evening, Father Peter presented each student with a garland of jasmine flowers. This was followed by one of the teachers talking to the students about their time at the school and wishing them all the best of luck for the future.

Every student and teacher then lit a candle and the lights were turned off. A microphone was then passed from one person to the next and each student gave thanks to the school for giving them the opportunity to change their lives, to the teachers for their patience, understanding and knowledge and to fellow students for their friendship.

There are moments when the students become emotional as they realize that without the opportunity the school has given them many would still be living a life of ridicule, discrimination and prejudice, but now they can hold their heads up as equals in the society. 

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