A Remarkable Journey of Growth and Learning

Yaacoub's Picture
Wednesday, February 28, 2024

In the heart of every mother lies the dream of seeing her children well-educated. Unfortunately, for Samira, this dream seemed distant as she faced the challenge of nurturing her eight-year-old son, Yaackoub who has autism. However, that was then, and this is now – a story of triumph and resilience.

At the age of three, Yaackoub's parents discovered he had autism. The struggle intensified as traditional schools refused to welcome him, and specialised schools were financially out of reach. However, as he turned eight, a beacon of hope emerged when Yaackoub joined the "Reading Community Club for Vulnerable Children," supported by Aktion Deutschland Hilft, and implemented by World Vision.The total number of girls and boys who attended at least one Unlock Literacy session till end of December 2023 is 1,875 (F: 920 and M: 955) Children out of 1,800.

This initiative, which provided 1,800 boys and girls with Unlock Literacy sessions, aimed not only to enhance the literacy skills of children affected by school disruption but also to provide a safe and inclusive environment for their growth. Within two months of attending these transformative sessions, a remarkable change occurred in Yaackoub's behavior. His mother, Samira, noticed a newfound confidence and a willingness to engage with others.

"I feared they wouldn't accept Yaackoub because of his autism, but they welcomed him with open arms. I can see how much he looks forward to these sessions; it warms my heart to see him excited about learning," shares Samira. Yaackoub's participation in these classes not only made his mother proud but also showcased his eagerness to break barriers and connect with the world.

Today, Yaackoub not only knows letters but can also associate them with words and this brings joy for Samira, who always longed to see her son engage in learning like any other child.

"Yaackoub has significantly improved his social interactions and is now capable of answering any question. Initially, when he began classes, he was reluctant to engage with classmates and preferred sitting alone at a table. However, he has since progressed, currently sharing a table with three other classmates," Says Yaackoub's teacher.

Yaackoub's journey in learning letters goes beyond a mere accomplishment; it signifies the boundless potential that lies within every child. This success story is not just a milestone; it's a testament to the transformative power of dedication and support, paving the way for a future filled with possibilities.