With the right support and encouragement, the obvious stumbling blocks that may prevent a blind man from completing an executive development programme are rolled out of the way. Backed by his HR manager Marlo van Rensburg and supported by his wife Yolandé, Andries Burger recently completed USB-ED’s Fundamentals in Project Management
“Project Management is the direction in which I want to develop, so it was really beneficial to be able to enrol for this programme. Now the challenge is to pass the assignment successfully!” says Andries, who works at the switchboard of Afrimat Ltd.
Accommodating Andries was made possible by preparing his study notes in Braille two months in advance, explains Claire Sissing, centre manager of the Centre for Project Management Intelligence. The programme
was presented in a building that makes provision for persons with disabilities. “Programme facilitator Joubert van Eeden was amazing. He taped all the classes on cassette tapes so that I could listen to them again afterwards”, Andries said.
According to Sissing, Andries’s classmates were taken aback to see the dedication it took for him to attend. “It was a small group and they formed a wonderful bond. Andries set a fantastic example in showing that a physical disability should not prevent you from attending a learning programme”.
“I enjoyed the experience, and would enjoy doing something similar in the future. I would like to thank Marlo [HR manager] as well as USB-ED for enabling me to do this programme. It was the first time that the presenter had a blind student in class, but he handled it extremely well,” Andries said.