Vision AfriKa’s Grade 12 group held a braai last week to celebrate not only their final year at school but also their four-year journey with the educational development NGO.
It was a day filled with laughter and joy as the learners shared their different experiences of the programme. Here are some of the things they had to say:
Siyanga Nyula: “Vision AfriKa has taught me perseverance and that you can become what you want to be if only you put your mind to it.”
Songezo Luwaca: “I will always be grateful to [Grade Coordinator] Zukisa Xhegwana for his persistence in persuading me to stay with the programme as I was ready to quit in my first year because I thought it was a waste of time. But now I’m happy to say that I don’t regret having stayed. I’ve not only made friends, but because of the different tutoring programmes and the coordinators’ enthusiasm, I’m also doing well academically.”
Ntando Ratshana: “I doubt that I’d have been provisionally accepted into three different higher education institutions if I hadn’t been part of the Vision AfriKa programme.”
Luvuyo Hlwempu: “I’ve always been told how difficult the Matric year is and how much commitment you need to succeed. If it wasn’t for Sis Tee [Programme Coordinator Thandeka Mbokodi], I wouldn’t have know anything about the application process to higher educational institutions. I didn’t even know what a National Benchmark Test was and that it’s part of the application process.” But with their final exams only two weeks away, the learners were encouraged not to lose focus but to give it their all before moving onto the next phase of their life.