Brimming with confidence, student with disability eyes brilliant future
KABUL (Pajhwok): Haseebullah Shahabi, a 25 years old man with disability who recently found his way to the Kabul University, says special people can excel at studies and have equal chances of success.
A resident of Panjsher province, Shahabi is born with both of his legs disabled. He has been using his hands to move around throughout his life. However, he has nerves of steel, determined to rise in his life.
Studying at the Agriculture Faculty of Kabul University for the past two years, he told Pajhwok Afghan News: “I found a wheelchair a few days ago and that has facilitated my movements. Previously, I relied on my hands to go from one place to another,
“I would take several breaks during my movement from the hostel to the university. As a result, I felt exhausted,” he added. But the man is no longer suffering from that fatigue.
About his future and education, Shahabi said: “I will continue my education and receive a degree. I am optimistic of finding a rewarding job and working to serve my homeland.”
Finding admission to the university was one of his greatest hopes. “Kabul University is a famous educational institutein our country. I will pursue higher education. Fortunately enough, I have been able to realise my ambition.”
With half of his body disabled, the man said he was hopeful about his future -- and that of Afghanistan, which needs educated people. And people with disabilities should also play their role in their country’s development, Shahabi commented.
“We cannot do things that require physical strength, but we can contribute to the prosperity of our society through our educational skills,” he maintained, suggesting that no one should give up even in the worst of circumstances.
Shahabi, who secured 284 marks out of 360 in the 2014entry test, said: “I wanted to study politics, but I also have no problem with agriculture. I would continue the course to the end.”
A sports enthusiast, a football fan to be specific, he said: “I cannot play games, but I am a staunch fan of Real Madrid.”Shahabi is yet to tie the knot, residing in the Kabul University’s hostile. His elder sister and brother are affected by similar disabilities.
He has tried several times to get a special card of privileges from the Ministry of Public Works and Social Affairs. But the ministry did not grant him the privilege because his disability did not result from war or other violent incidents.
However, he thanked President Ashraf Ghani for providing him the hostel facility and thereby enabling him to pursue his education.
Shams Rahman, a lecturer at the Agriculture Faculty, said: “Despite many problems he is faced with, Shahabi arrivesin the class earlier and focuses more on his education. He has never shown any sign of deficiency or weakness.”
Syed Zamanuddin, a colleague of Shahabi, hailed him as an intelligent man and never used abusive words him during their two years stay at the university.
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