Memories make a school reunion

2016-10-05 06:00
A GROUP of former learners and teachers of the Mampoi High School in Qwaqwa during their recent reunion celebration.  Photo: Thabo Mokoena

A GROUP of former learners and teachers of the Mampoi High School in Qwaqwa during their recent reunion celebration. Photo: Thabo Mokoena

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QWAQWA. A group of former learners and teachers of the Mampoi High School, one of the well-known schools in Namahadi Village in Qwaqwa, came together for a reunion at the school hall on Saturday (01/10).

Those in attendance had been learners at the school from 1975 to 1985.

The reunion was a day to remember, as they got a chance to reminisce about their times at school and their recent life.

According to Richard Jobo, a former Mampoi High School learner, they have had a few reunions in the past.

He says it is very important to come together for a reunion, as it gives former learners an opportunity to know what their peers are doing in life.

He says that with the reunion, they have managed to start a non-governmental organisation (NGO) called Dihwai tsa Mampoi.

The organisation’s motto is “Sehwai Ipokelle.”

Jobo says this NGO is going to help learners financially, especially those at Mampoi.

“We are raising funds, aiming to plough it back to finance the current matric learners at Mampoi,” he says.

Tlatlawe Koma, a former school teacher from the years 1975 to 1980, was one of the people invited to talk with the learners.

Koma told Express Eastern Free State that the quality of education of the 1970s, as compared to the current situation, was not good, since many learners did not take education as seriously as it was supposed to be.

“In our time, we were very committed in making sure that the black people get enough education, but now they are fighting for free education through #Fees Must Fall, which is a good thing.

“But they make it wrong by vandalising libraries and important buildings and they will need them once the strike is over.”

Koma concluded by wishing his former peers success wherever they go.

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