I have been thinking about the value of being the first to do something. Of charting a course, of demonstrating something can be done. I was reflecting on the value of Loik Charles' experience of coming top in English CXC in spite of being blind. I remember he told a reporter "believe it or not I read a lot". I thought about Jahaida Dorival and about how her Grammar school life without assistance has been a first for someone with her challenge of Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida.
These two champions met Baroness Verma from the UK Dept of International Development and shared a meal with her and her team. It was a joy to see her reach out to them.
"We want to see you famous for who you are not because of your disability." "exactly" said Loik " I am already pretty famous for my music", and also we learnt that Jahaida is a performance poet but hopes to be a lawyer! Disability is not inability.
Jahaida Princess Dorival with Baroness Verma.
Baroness Verma UK DFID minister meeting Loik Loïk Hassan Surviva Charles.