Refugee car guard gets job as teacher

2012-02-09 09:33
Fernando Ogadi teaches mathematics to pupils at Sunward Park High School in Boksburg, after his talents were noticed in a Paarl parking lot, where he was working as a car guard. (Mary-Ann Palmer, Beeld)

Fernando Ogadi teaches mathematics to pupils at Sunward Park High School in Boksburg, after his talents were noticed in a Paarl parking lot, where he was working as a car guard. (Mary-Ann Palmer, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - A Congolese car guard, who is also a qualified maths teacher, has been given an assistant teacher's post at the Sunward Park High School in Boksburg, according to a report on Thursday.

Fernando Brice Olivier Ogadi, 35, left the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2004 to escape political upheaval and came to South Africa.

Ogadi, a passionate maths teacher, worked as a car guard in the parking lot of the Zomerlust Spar in Paarl, Beeld newspaper reported.

He put up a rudimentary blackboard and would enthusiastically explain mathematical equations to any shoppers who cared to listen. He was featured on the kykNET programme Kwêla, which was seen by Sunward Park headmistress Ansie Peens.

"If somebody is so passionate about something that he's prepared to leave his country for it, he deserves to be helped," she said .

"Not everybody has the ability to explain maths, but his method is quite unique."

Ogadi started his new job on Monday morning, and has been given accommodation in the boarding school, where he offers extra classes and tuition in the afternoons.

- SAPA
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