Hello all! My name is Kiranjeet Kaur I enrolled myself in Dika College and graduated in the year 2014 with a Diploma in Special Education (Early Years). Currently, I am a Special Needs Coordinator (SEN Co) at Tree Top House International School or also known as Eduvillage International School (for lower and upper elementary). I was asked to share my experience at Dika College by the DIKA team and I am excited to share my journey with everyone who will be reading this article.
I wish to not bore anyone with my 2 minutes’ article, so therefore I will like to share with you my wonderful journey which, to me, is fulfilling my purpose in life. The catalyst for my passion in the special needs field is actually close to home. When I was younger, I was diagnosed with mild dyslexia. Alphabets and words did not seem to make sense to me. Thankfully, over the years, therapy has really helped me in decoding letters and alphabets, of which at one point of time was almost alien to me. Ironically, unknown to me at the time, it would be the foundation to my true calling that I never knew I needed.
After graduating with a Diploma in Physiotherapy, I completed my internship at Kuala Lumpur Sports Medicine Centre (KLSC) and was assigned to a child with Down Syndrome. It was that moment that I knew: this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. All of my life, I have been searching for something to really fulfill my heart and I finally found it!
Next thing I knew; I was already searching for a college that specialized in Special Needs Education. It took me a few months, but then I found Dika College. Initially, it was difficult to get my family’s support. They feared that this was not a good career choice, and even discouraged me from enrolling in such a course. The stigma that they carried towards children with special needs added fuel to my passion and the urge of making a difference and to educate the society about special needs. I knew I had to do it and I took a step closer to making a difference by joining Dika College.
The journey wasn’t all smooth, it was a lot bumpier than I make it to sound, but I enjoyed every moment of it. I started working at a kindergarten on weekdays and attended classes during weekends. I applied what I learned in the classes into my work and I shared what I experienced at work with my friends. The joy that my family saw me experience inspired two of my siblings to enroll in the Diploma of Special Needs Education with Dika College as well. Even my mother left no stone unturned as she too joined the big family of Dika by completing her Basic Child Care Course (PERMATA).
A little light on my future plans and how it can be beneficial to all my fellow friends who wish to pursue further education, I have enrolled myself in a Degree for Special Needs Education in England and will be applying for work as a Special Needs Coordinator at a local school there. I am honored and thrilled to be part of an initiative by the UK government to assign special needs coordinators (SEN Co) to various schools on a case to case basis. This initiative is designed to assist children with their learning and behavioural issues as well as educating the parents and teachers.
I am a step closer to achieving my dreams and goals with which I started this journey. Teaching and being a teacher are not easy tasks, but it is a NOBLE job. Life is about choices. We are what we chose to be and as the saying goes, the differently abled are not disabled.