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'Hurricane Irma gave me my first step into teaching'- Delight S. A. Bagot

Deilght S. A. Bagot (far right), English Instructor at Youth Empowerment Project (YEP), with some of her students. Photo: VINO
More of Ms Delight S. A. Bagot's students during their lunch break at Youth Empowerment Project (YEP). Photo: VINO
More of Ms Delight S. A. Bagot's students during their lunch break at Youth Empowerment Project (YEP). Photo: VINO
EAST END, Tortola, VI - "I feel kind of bad to say that Irma helped me to get the first step towards what I want to be but that’s how it happened."

This is according to Delight S. A. Bagot, English Instructor at the Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP), who lost her job as a result of Hurricane Irma and found solace at YEP.

Speaking with our newsroom she expressed that she was assisting with the clean-up at YEP and they approached her to see if she could also assist them when they reopened.

"I told them I went to college and I studied English, so I could teach English and they were like 'yeah' you can teach English. I've always wanted to be a teacher and this was like a step for me," she said with a smile on her face.

Ms Bagot explained that she teaches English to 8 to 12 year olds.

She disclosed that the children she teaches have a variety of different personalities and admitted that as time progressed she learnt how to deal with her students.

She said, "I deal with different personalities and I had to take into consideration that they are dealing with stuff at home from Irma. So I can't say, be grateful that you are getting this and that, you have to know that when they leave here they still have to go home. Maybe they don’t have a roof over there head. Maybe they don’t have dinner for that night. Maybe they don’t have clean clothes. Maybe even though they may have a roof over their head, when the rain fall the water still comes in on them. So I have to like try to be understanding and deal with them."

"I told myself that I can't stay down" - Delight S. A. Bagot

Meanwhile, the English Instructor revealed that after YEP closes, she will have to face the face that she has to seek another job, while adding that despite what happened she has to keep pushing.

"Even though Irma did a toll on Tortola, I still had to fight through it and I told myself that I can't stay down. I had to find something to do," admitting that her mother tried to persuade her to leave the island but Ms Bagot insisted on staying because she does not "run away from problems".

Ms Bagot stated that she is in the process of receiving another job.

She further explained that it is still hard because she has a two year old that is depending on her, adding that money is not circulating as much and she has to budget now more than ever.

"At YEP they make it try to feel like a home. YEP is providing something wholesome," she expressed to our news reporter.

5 Responses to “'Hurricane Irma gave me my first step into teaching'- Delight S. A. Bagot”

  • go girl (06/11/2017, 14:55) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Caring and humble Gods have more for you Delight
  • Awesome (06/11/2017, 16:07) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Young lady, Don't you ever feel bad for your accomplishment. 'In the middle of difficulty or tragedy lies opportunity'. An opportunity presented itself to you in the most unlikely manner. Here you are fulfilling your your dream. I am delighted and excited for you because Hurricane Irma brought out the very best in me. I am grateful for the Irma experience because I find myself rising to exactly where I need to be at this point. Forever grateful.

    Your approach to life is refreshing. I don't know you but this article makes me smile, because despite the devastation many faced including myself, we still chose to rise up.
  • zoe (06/11/2017, 16:23) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Graat (06/11/2017, 16:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Keep pushing Delight
  • Vanie (06/11/2017, 21:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Am happy for you girl.... Keep pushing.... I know you will be a great role model for those kids and after trying so hard to achieve ur dream of teaching god finally grant you ur desire.... Slow but sure

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