NAPDI offers second chance for drop-outs

2016-08-31 06:00
= Hermia Stanley (27) is one of three students at NAPDI Second Chance matric programme who passed all six of their matric subjects in the first year of studying. Napdi Second Chances.    Photos: SUPPLIED

= Hermia Stanley (27) is one of three students at NAPDI Second Chance matric programme who passed all six of their matric subjects in the first year of studying. Napdi Second Chances. Photos: SUPPLIED

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ADULTS who have dropped out of high school, are being offered a second chance at obtaining their matric certificate and bettering their lives.

The Second Chance Matric Project, which is offered by the Northern Areas People Development Initiative (NAPDI), offers adults that for various reasons could not complete matric an opportunity to complete this qualification.

NAPDI is a Northern suburbs-based organisation which is involved in various community projects, ranging from improving education, to the promotion of better waste management through recycling. The NAPDI trustees are Isaac Metembo, Michael Barry, Paul Geswint and Dr Jeff Govender.

NAPDI’s current projects include: The St Thomas Art Project to promote art education, Past Pupil Initiative to promote alumni involvement in school development, the Schauder Korsten Despatch Recycling project and the Second Chance Matric Project to help adult learners obtain a matric certificate.

This project has been managed by Metembo since 2010.

“This programme is carried by a group of experienced educators such as Eugene Snayer, Anthony Walton, Mervyn Human, Cedric Serfontein and a few others. Adult learners receive tuition Saturdays from 8am to 2pm at Hillside High School in a variety of subjects. These adults sit for the examination in June and July the following year,” Metembo said.

Metembo indicated that registration to participate in the programme will only be open until the end of September. “In the recent past we accommodated people up to January but our records show that these late-comers do not last. They cry to be given an opportunity only to disappear after two weeks leaving the teachers frustrated and our organization having incurred more cost.

“We are, however, very excited with our current learners who are returning to complete their last three subjects, as well as all the new registrations that are showing early promise. We call upon adults that need matric to improve their chances to find employment or promotion,” Metembo said.

Some of the adult learners have shown remarkable achievement since the inception of the programme. These include Hermia Stanley, Janine Simpson and Elaine Rockman. Stanley is one of three students at Napdi Second Chance matric programme who passed all six of their matric subjects in the first year of studying.

She dropped out of school in 2004 in grade 10 and ever since always had the desire to obtain her matric certificate. She is currently busy doing a bridging course in nursing - a career she always admired and wanted to follow.

Marlon Koen is another success story. He dropped out of school in Grade 11 in 2004. He completed his matric at Napdi Second Chance in 2014 and is currently studying Law (LLB second year) full time at NMMU.

Teacher Anthony Walton, said that he volunteers at the Second Chance programme for the love of education and to help better the lives of others. “I believe that to live a meaningful life you have to add value to the lives of the people around you,” Walton said.

For more info contact Isaac Metembo on 084 200 8852 or 073 703 9128.

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