Former teacher helps the youth

2017-07-14 06:00
Photo: Siphelele NketoFormer teacher, Nokhuthala Dlamini.

Photo: Siphelele NketoFormer teacher, Nokhuthala Dlamini.

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FORMER Carl Malcomess High teacher, Nokhuthala Dlamini has turned her Shayamoya home into an office and in her spare time she helps young people to get bursary­ forms and Z83 forms free.

Dlamini established a non-profit organisation - Simama Centre for Career­ and Professional Development - to help young people reach their goals. She said many pupils complete matric and do nothing instead of going to tertiary institutions to further their studies.
“I want the young people of Kokstad to be educated like in other places,” said Dlamini.

She works with government departments, the private sector and tertiary institutions to get bursary forms for disadvantage pupils so they can apply to further their education.
Dlamini was a lecturer in Esayidi Technical Vocational Education and Training College from 2003 to 2008 and is currently working in administration at the Harry Gwala Department of Education.

She said she is targeting 81 schools in Harry Gwala and other areas.

She recently distributed bursary forms and Central Applications Office (CAO) forms and booklets to pupils at Kokstad College, Shayamoya Area Secondary School, Thibane Combined School, Carl Malcomess High, Mount Currie Senior Secondary School and Franklin High School. She also distributed bursary forms and CAO forms and booklets to the Bhongweni Library and Khanyiselani Development Centre.  

“I am helping pupils to get application forms and prospectus from various public educational institutions so they can apply on time. I am also assisting young people from disadvantage areas to apply for the national student financial aid scheme,” said Dlamini.

She is organising an alumni plan to motivate matrics.

“I am organising facilitators to conduct additional classes in mathematics, accounting, physical science, computer or information technology and English for Grade 10, 11 and 12 pupils.”   

She told Fever she is also helping unemployed graduates to apply for internships in government departments.

At a Sukuma Sakhe in Kokstad meeting last week, councillors, municipal officials and government departments supported the NPO and said the initiative will help many young people to reach their goals.  

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