Blind Western Cape matriculant honoured by education department

Blind Western Cape matriculant honoured by education department

- Pieter Jans Durr is one of two learners receiving an award for excellence despite barriers to learning

- He wrote matric after completing his schooling at Swartland High School

- He managed despite most of his textbooks not being in Braille

A visually-impaired learner was honoured at national an award ceremony on Thursday in Cape Town for achieving excellent results despite his physical limitation.

Pieter Jans Durr was one of two learners receiving an award from the Western Cape Education Department at this 2017 annual national senior certificate awards ceremony held on Thursday in Cape Town at the home of Western Cape Premier Helen Zille.

Briefly.co.za learned from news reports that Durr expressed surprise at having been honoured. He said he had managed to get through the year despite many of his textbooks not being in Braille.

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“I’m surprised… honoured as well. Some of my books were not in Braille, so I had to study harder than most of the other pupils. I think I managed to overcome most of the challenges. I had friends that supported me, as well as my family,” he said.

Now that he has finished high school, he is hoping to pursue a musical career. “I’m starting a singing career this year. My goal is to become a South African celebrity, a singer,” said Durr.

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