Hamid Nabil .. The story of a blind Moroccan student who received his doctorate in English

“Most blind students face a lot of difficulties while studying at their university. Some professors do not allow them to record their lectures, so students are forced to search for self-solutions in order to achieve academic achievement. “

Omar arrives President of the Moroccan Association for the Integration of the Blind

When he decided to prepare his doctoral thesis, he chose media as a subject based on his childhood passion for radio, from which he learned the principles of language and communication, especially through his constant listening to Moroccan national radio. In parallel with his postgraduate studies at the university, Hamid Nabil was studying at the Casablanca Higher Institute of Press and Information, where he earned a BA degree in French language media.

Language is a lifeline

And about his journey of learning English, he says it created a lifeline for him after joining the Alawite organization for the care of the blind. She adds that communicating in English has given her academic career an added value, and made her proud, which ended in her university years at Casablanca’s Faculty of Caste and Anthropology.

Hamid Nabil, who works as a high school English teacher and conference translator, said he used advanced computer programs specifically designed for the blind, which paved the way for him to speak English. He added that thanks to these programs, he has been able to access and search resources and access international libraries that have enriched his study and research experience.

Perseverance and ambition

For his part, Professor Yamina Al-Kirat Al-Alam, who supervised the doctoral thesis of student Hamid Nabil, said that the success story he achieved came after a long journey, years of patience, ambition and hardship.

He added to Al-Fanar’s media that he considers the student’s doctoral experience a personal challenge and a dream for him. He described it as not easy for the student or for him. He noted that he had given his students enough time, and that they had been in regular contact over the years, but that the Covid-19 epidemic had greatly delayed PhD discussions.

According to Al-Alam, student Hamid Nabil chose to conduct his research in a dual approach, quantitatively and qualitatively, despite the difficulties of work that required field work that was difficult for the average student, as well as the blind student. He says he has been able to recruit more than 500 participants in the survey and research for his doctoral thesis.

To achieve his PhD, Hamid Nabil’s journey was not without difficulties. The supervisor of his thesis said that he had suffered a lot, including a professor’s refusal to supervise the student’s thesis because he was “blind.” He added that, at that moment, he felt the same feelings of this “superpower” student, who was overwhelmed to help and support him, “expressing his regret for the lack of encouragement and support for this group of people with special needs.” . “

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