We celebrated the first group of students to participate in state exams and to graduate from the school. The students are now in Grade 9 at the government school. However, they are struggling to adapt, as they do not have the necessary back up, support and understanding. Unfortunately we are not in a position to offer education at these grades, as it would require the building new classrooms, employing new teachers and upgrading our facilities. We have arranged to offer the teachers, staff and students at the government school a course in Deaf Awareness Training and to offer any teachers who might be interested to participate in an Ethiopian Sign Language course. (In May and June we arranged for the teachers at the ALDS to provide tutorials for the students as they prepared for their grade 9 exams).