Coedmore Primary School pupils attended a deaf awareness day hosted by fourth year Audiology students from the College of Health Sciences at the KwaVulindlebe School for the Deaf in Chatsworth, Durban.
The students managed to establish some level of integration between the two groups of children through music, dance and drama.
‘Our plan was to contribute to deaf awareness,’ said fourth year student, Ms Suraksha Inarman.
Audiology is a health care profession concerned with the scientific study and practice of both normal and disordered hearing.
The aim of the event was to show normal hearing children that deaf children have the same abilities, talents and goals in life - the difference is in the mode of communication used.
The Audiology students planned an exceptional fun day for the youngsters who were encouraged to enter a competition showcasing their various talents.
There were ethnic dance groups, singing, poetry and drama which earned the participants prizes donated by the students. All the pupils got goodie bags and lunch was provided.
The Audiology students managed to make every pupil who was present on the day feel loved and appreciated by preaching a message of love and acceptance.
UKZN’s first profoundly deaf (requires an interpreter all the time) student, Ms Voloshni Govender, was the guest speaker and she encouraged the pupils not to give up on their dreams just because they were deaf. She motivated them by sharing her story and how she was doing exceptionally well in her studies
Sponsors of the day were Jolly Meats, Desai Meats, Tongaat Hulett, Voermol, Engen, Widex, KwaDukuza Road Safety, Spar, Glee Music Academy and the families of the Audiology students.
‘We are very grateful to everyone who assisted us in making the day a successful event,’ said Inarman.