Inspired by the connections with researchers and lecturers from Stockholm University's Department of Special Education when they visited with the Wisehub community in Durban, Odette Swift identified the need for an ABR machine to aid early screening for children that will enable early detection of hearing loss in infants and very young children'.

Immediate steps taken

  • Communication with Learning Academy Worldwide
  • Letter drafted and sent to the Mayor of eThekwini Municipality on Monday 22nd October, 2018 to push for the city to champion for early screening for all children as mandatory.


We have been honoured to journey these last five years with men and women, children and youth, parents and government whose dreams and needs pushed us to think deeply and sincerely about what it means to uplift. During many moments on this journey we arrogantly thought of ourselves as the ones who are to build bridges only to discover that we missed seeing the bridges people already built.

The three pulsating days in Durban from 19-21 October, 2018 were crowning moments of that journey and, like every Wisehub before, we vowed and strategized to make tangible plans to return with evidence that we take learning seriously, that our promises in the company of like-minded pioneers matter and that our children and young people deserve our best. Of all the questions asked over those three days, the single one that prompted thoughtful contemplation now determined our immediate future with serious commitment:

'What do you want me to be held accountable for by October 2019?'

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