Carter bookworm gives back

2017-02-22 06:03
Thalitha GayaPHOTO: supplied

Thalitha GayaPHOTO: supplied

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THALITHA Gaya, 2016 head prefect of Carter High School gave back to her community in Edendale before heading off to the University of Western Cape to commence her studies in B.Com Accounting.

“Life is too short to waste a day, I am a child of impact”, she said.

Thalitha monopolised on her free time by volunteering at KwaDambuza Youth Development Centre, teaching presentation skills and facilitating a reading and comprehension programme to approximately 90 youth.

Thalitha coaches youth on their individual presentation skills, gives them books to read and comprehension questions to answer, where she assesses grammar.

“Many youth in my community do not attend multiracial schools and lack confidence in communicating in English.

“My goal is to help youth in my community improve their English so that they can communicate eloquently and fluently,” she said.

Thalitha believes that everything she does must either benefit others or her.

“I want to plant a seed of love for reading. Reading has benefited me in so many ways, it’s improved my vocabulary, imagination, grammar and is highly therapeutic. Through reading I escape my own pressures and get to tap into the character’s life enjoy their drama and journey.”

Thalitha challenges youth in her community not to be afraid to open a book.

Thalitha’s eldest sister passed away tragically in 2014. She excelled in public speaking and inspired Thalitha to improve through giving support and guidelines.

“I am so grateful for the presentation opportunities I received being head prefect at Carter High School in 2016. To my peers at Carter High School, we are so fortunate to be in a well-resourced school with excellent teachers. Many do not have this opportunity, so don’t waste it. Through giving back I’ve realised just how blessed and privileged I was to attend Carter High School.

Carterians, make the most of the opportunities you have,” she advised.

- Supplied

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