‘Never let disability hold you back’
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WHEN Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced the country’s top matric achiever in the category of pupils with special needs, Louzanne Coetzee was surprised to hear her name.
Louzanne, 18, who was last year’s head girl at the Pioneer School for the Visually Impaired in Worcester, was not expecting the award, despite her hard work and positive attitude.
Louzanne, who is from Bloemfontein but was schooled entirely at the Pioneer School, was born blind. She is planning to study marketing at the University of the Free State.
Louzanne has also put her education first, starting with the decision to attend school far from her parents so she could get the support she needed for her disability.
“I pushed myself hard to achieve a lot and do more things like a sighted person because sighted people get accepted more,” she said.
“You should never let your disability hold you back,” was her message to other children with disabilities.
Her former principal, Paul Greyling, said she had been an exceptional candidate and that the school had expected her to do well.