School wishes better future for twins and triplets

2017-09-28 06:00
=Zanolwazi’s twins and triplets. In front are triplets Aviwe, Akhona and Aphelele Booi. In the middle are twins Zukisa and Zukile Kaphu, teacher Buyiswa Qundele, twins Simnikiwe and Sisipho Nkatshase and principal Yoliswa Gxotiwe. At the back are Xolani Ganya (Absent: Xoliswa Ganya), Sibabalwe and Sikhunjulwe Nomnganga, and Siyabonga and Sibongile Nompuma. Absent: Sango and Scott Ncandana.                                  Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

=Zanolwazi’s twins and triplets. In front are triplets Aviwe, Akhona and Aphelele Booi. In the middle are twins Zukisa and Zukile Kaphu, teacher Buyiswa Qundele, twins Simnikiwe and Sisipho Nkatshase and principal Yoliswa Gxotiwe. At the back are Xolani Ganya (Absent: Xoliswa Ganya), Sibabalwe and Sikhunjulwe Nomnganga, and Siyabonga and Sibongile Nompuma. Absent: Sango and Scott Ncandana. Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

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It is not often that you find a school which has six pairs of twins and a set of triplets among its learners. Therefore Zanolwazi Senior Secondary School in Khayamnandi, Despatch is known in the community as the “Twins School”.

Most of these learners come from households where one of the parents has passed away and where there is no income. Taking care of their educational needs is teacher Buyiswa Qundele, who acts like a godmother to these twins and triplets.

“I like to ask them which one is the oldest. Every time I do this, they will look at each other first and smile, but I never get the answer. They are negatively affected by socio-economic circumstances, but what I like about these learners is the fact that they appreciate life,” said teacher Qundele.

These learners all belong to a library group which is headed by teacher Qundele.

“The group was established with the aim to develop learners’ self-confidence. To groom them in order to acquire the appropriate knowledge they need, to have empathy for others and to become a valued member of the community they live in,” said Qundele.

According to her it asks for a lot of patience, understanding and energy to be the godmother and face all the challenges these twins and triplets have, especially regarding educational and schooling needs.

“I need to read more on the book Ityala lamawele by S.E.K. Mqhay, as it illustrates all there is to know about twins and triplets.

“Unfortunately it is rare that you will find both or all three children to be strong performers. One of them normally is struggling a bit more whereas the other one will be excelling.

“Therefore you need to be a good listener. And you need to use your words wisely and ensure not to hurt feelings.

“And you always have to keep in mind that they will tell the other. It is just how it is,” said Qundele.

In an effort to support these twins and triplets teacher Qundele has reached out to the community for donations of educational as well as everyday household items they need.

“We wish to thank all who responded to our outcry for assistance. But it will be wonderful if we can get more support, especially with regard to ensure that they will be able to complete their schooling career,” said Qundele.

  • For more information on how to get involved with Qundele’s support for the twins and triplets, call her on 082 583 4964, 041 933 2739 or qundelebuyiswa68@gmail.com

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