Choosing a weekday and a notoriously difficult group of people to gather, our parents just showed that their children are important and that they value the work of Vision AfriKa enough to make an effort to attend meetings.
The meeting, held in partnership with Child Welfare South Africa had 2 main themes: Affording parents a chance to hear what it is that Vision AfriKa does exactly and to get more information on the possibilities for financial support for their children’s further studies.
Many parents and youth believe tertiary education to be inaccessible to them due to a lack of personal funding to pay for studies. This widespread misconception, resulting in a lack of motivation to work hard at school in order to pursue further studies, was challenged by one of the guest speakers. Xolani Gobelo from the National Student Financial Assistance Scheme (NSFAS) explained to all that financial assistance is available and that learners should not use a lack of funding as an excuse not to finish their High School training to the best of their abilities.
An ex-Vision AfriKa learner, who is now a Town and Regional planner, echoed Xolani’s sentiment and confirmed that Vision AfriKa did a lot to motivate her to make a success of life through proper knowledge and support towards the realisation of her dream.
A very successful evening ended with a barrage of relevant questions from parents and a confirmation that more meetings would certainly be appreciated by our parents.