CORTES, Bohol, July 13, (PIA)--Deaf people can do anything hearing people can, except hear.
The Department of Science and Technology Provincial Science and Technology Center in Bohol (DOST-PSTC) has proven this once again: that apart from their hearing dis-advantage, some people are just as hardworking, easily trainable and fiercely independent than some whose biggest handicap is the lack of initiative and who just wait for the guavas to drop into their mouths.
CAPACITY BUILDING. Deaf mute students learn the tie-dye technology in a bid to help them earn jobs by reviving old fabrics and teach them new life skills to give then a competitive edge over other able bodied workers. (DOST photo)
Everything started from a predicament which a non-profit foundation that is working to educate the financially deprived and neglected deaf children in the Philippines shared to DOST.
According to International Deaf Education Association (IDEA) Philippines Bohol founder Dennis Drake, they are at a bind as to where to send the deaf children that are able to attend IDEA supported special education classes in Bohol and Leyte.
The reality is, these deaf-mute graduates find it tough to land jobs and employment as there are quite few establishments in Bohol that are opening up their options to the hearing-impaired employees.
Drake said while they have put up establishments where their graduates can proceed to work, the sheer number of special classed graduates could not be fit in the saturated Garden Cafe, Dao Diamond Hotel and their upholstery shops.
Besides, owing to the absence of a senior high school institute that caters to special skills classes for the hearing-impaired community, the problem doubles.
Over this, the DOST led by Vina Antopina and the PSTC thought of ways to help IDEA Philippines Bohol and improve the capabilities of its deaf-mute graduates to give them skills that can be their source of income.
Under the DOST's Enhancing Capabilities of the Hearing Impaired Community in Bohol, Bohol PSTC dug into its resources and with Philippine Textile Institute experts and the Bohol Deaf Academy, the 2 day training on Tie Dyeing of Old Fabrics happened last July 11 and 12, 2019 at DOST Bohol.
"This is the first of a series of our project to enhance the capabilities of the Hearing. Impaired Community in partnership with IDEA Philippines, Bohol," Antopina said.
The 2-day training had Bohol Deaf Academy faculty and students participating, and this time, the training focused on reviving old fabrics.
Antopina said they were able to draw a grant for trainings on technologies on tie-dye from the Community Empowerment through Science and technology (CEST), for the group.
The training had Grade 10 and selected Grade 9 students learning on the colorful technology that could be a source of income for these special students in the upcoming Sandugo festivities.
The past two days were exciting and enriching for our Grade 10 and selected Grade 9 students. Even our teachers learned so much from this training.
"The kids were so excited when they saw their tie-dyed shirts and they had so much fun measuring the chemicals. Really [it was] a great experience. Thank u so much!," exclaimed a teacher participant in the training.
With this, one step at a time, with government now hearing out the needs of the impaired, the deaf-mutes' future can now be off to a colorful start. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol) (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)