My name is Mohammad Yaaseen Edoo. Since birth I have been suffering from Spina Bifida, a malformation of the vertebral column affecting the spine and the nervous system.
I have never attended primary school in my life. I stayed at home with my mum. During that time I was not able to read and write. Then one day an interest to read crop up my mind. So I watched TV and try to read the programme schedule of MBC after news. From that I decipher the words until I could read and write. Newspapers and dictionary were two materials I never separated myself from. To such an extent that I knew practically all the capitals of the countries in the world by heart.
When the Community Based Rehabilitation (C.B.R) from the Ministry of Health came at home and notice that I should be registered in a specialized school for children with disabilities. By that time I was 12 years old so I registered to the Training and Employment of Disabled Persons Board (T.E.D.P.B) in 1999. There I met a primary school teacher Mr. Rishi Bundoo who was appointed to work with students with disabilities. In 2001 Mr. Rishi Bundoo left T.E.D.P.B to join back his primary school. He then decided to come at home once per week during nine months to provide me with tuition that too on a voluntary basis. I took part in the CPE Exams in the same year 2001 and succeeded brilliantly.
From the year 2002 to 2008, I attended Professor Hassan Raffa State Secondary School at Bois Pignolet Terre-Rouge where I completed my School Certificate and Higher School Certificate with flying colours. During my years spent at college I received tremendous support and help from my teachers, friends and the non-teaching staff. For my movement on my wheelchair the rector Mr. Ramanah together with the C.B.R made necessary arrangement for the construction of ramps to give access to my different classes. This facility allowed me to get access to my classes. All my classes were carried out in the ground floor while computer practical lessons I did in the Administrative Office. My college time was the best one in my life since it was the first time I found myself in a class with friends and teachers. A truly worthwhile experience especially when you received so much love, care and support from your friends, teachers and everyone. I am very much thankful and grateful to all my friends and teachers of Professor Hassan Raffa SSS for everything they have done for me. After my H.S.C I was rewarded a Special Award for being a special student of my college and who never repeated any class.
Always with the thirst of knowledge from 2009 to 2011 I attended Swami Dayanand Institute of Management (now Université des Mascareignes) at Beau Plan Pamplemousses where I followed up a Diploma Course in Information Systems with specialisation in Multimedia & Web Technologies which I completed with success. I graduated in June 2013 before I embark on my top-up on September.
Then from 2013 to 2014, I enrolled for a top-up course of a BSc in Web and Multimedia at the Université des Mascareignes which I completed with flying colours. In October 2014 I graduated where I received my degree certificates from the hand of our Chancellor Professor Guillon of Université des Mascareignes and Professor Pauliat of Université de Limoges. That was a really touching moment in my life because I was honoured with a standing ovation on receiving my degree certificates. The M.G.I which was packed full with students, lecturers, students and parents all stood up to pay me respect and honoured me with a loud applause.
Just like college, in university also I received so much love, care, support and help from my friends, lecturers, non-teaching staff and everyone at Université des Mascareignes. It was a great experience and the second educational institution I had known in my life. Here also all my classes were carried out on the ground floor. As far as library and computer laboratory they were already downstairs itself so this was not a problem. In important programme like the Flag Raising Day the Manager of the University would present me to the Chief Guest. Just like it was in college as well. I am very much thankful and grateful to all my friends and lecturers of Université des Mascareignes for everything they have done for me.
Outside of school Yaaseen holds a number of distinctions:
- Queen’s Young Leader Awardee 2015
- Young Voices of Mauritius – advocating for rights of people with disabilities
- Global Partnership on children with disabilities (GPcwd) Youth Council
- Junior Chamber International (JCI) Mauritius The Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) 2015
- Global Youth Ambassador on Education for a World At School