Matriculants shines against all odds

By Drum Digital
06 January 2015

Despite her challenging environment 16-year-old Busisiwe Dube from Moses Maren Technical Secondary School in Eikenhof, Gauteng has been accepted to study chemical engineering at the University of Pretoria.

She passed her matric year, proving that difficult personal circumstances can be overcome with dedicated hard work.

Dube grew up in a squatter camp, living with her mother and three younger siblings, yet she has excelled throughout her schooling and will now recognise her dream of studying to become an engineer. In her matric year Dube was selected by the Council for Built Environment to take part in a mathematics and science weekend programme for top performing learners. She was also mentored by top businesswoman Jenna Clifford as part of the Cell C Institute of Mentorship programme.

“I love science and I know engineering can be a well-paid profession. I can’t live my whole life in a squatter camp and I want to study something that I love and which will allow me to one day build a real home for my mother and my sisters,” Dube says a pupil from a school supported by the education NGO Adopt-a-School Foundation.

Meanwhile Busisiwe Dumezweni a student from King Shaka High School, in Umlazi, near Durban where she lives with her mother and 18 other family members. In the two months before and during her matric exams, Dumezweni and five of her friends rented two rooms closer to school, where they could study in peace.

She received two distinctions. She is passionate about science and has been accepted to study chemical engineering at the University of Kwazulu Natal.

“To invest in change, we develop the youth – they will shape their own tomorrows.  We are incredibly proud of these five young adults, who represent many more matriculants who have overcome their very difficult circumstances and produced excellent results, competing with some of the country’s top private schools.” says Stephen Lebere, Executive Director of Adopt-a-School Foundation

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