Friday was a day to remember for Grade R learners at Noluthando School for the Deaf in Khayelitsha, as they were taken through their graduation paces during a ceremony at the school.The eight learners, all seven-years-old, were joined by a group of parents who also graduated after completing an eight week course, designed to offer support to their deaf children, who are learners at the school. The training was organised by Wordworks, an organisation that focuses on early language and literacy development in the first eight years of children’s lives.Ayanda Ncinane, principal at the school, said he was happy to see Grade R learners graduate. He said Grade R gave learners a solid foundation into the future. Ncinane said the graduation encouraged the learners to be positive and dream big. “We are saying to you, without education, you do not have a future,” he said.He added that despite Noluthando being a school for the deaf, they are teaching the same curriculum as normal schools.One of the adult graduates, Fundeka Peter, said before attending the course, she could not handle her deaf child.“I did not know how to communicate with my child, and I would sometimes beat her for no good reason,” she said.Peter said she now has a better understanding of the child.Another parent Phumeza Mangena, who also attended the graduation ceremony, said she was happy to see her child graduating. She added that she would love to see her continue studying and become something one day.