Alanka Babb was born blind in Guyana and initially resided with her grandmother in one of the most impoverished areas of the nation; however, with the passing of her previous guardian, she was forced to move in with other family members.
Education was never prioritized in her family, whether she was living with her grandmother or other relatives. Babb claimed that her grandma was more concerned with meeting basic domestic needs than with her education.
She wrote in a post on Insider that even though her family expected her to go to school every day, they didn’t care. She attended a local school with less qualified teachers than schools in wealthy neighborhoods.
She struggled in school because of her eye issue and lacked sufficient educational help at home or at school. She claimed that viewing the information on the blackboard was not significantly improved by her position in front of the class. Her school lacked the resources necessary to assist a disabled pupil.
She advanced grade levels despite having vision problems and being unable to see what was written on the board. Her major turning point, which she recalled, was when a teacher discovered that she couldn’t read.
She vowed to improve her reading skills and began to struggle through books she acquired from the school library.