Durban Girls’ achievers want to improve SA

2014-01-07 00:00

THE 2013 Durban Girls’ High head girl, Roanne Moodley, who took home eight distinctions out of eight subjects, said it was a bittersweet moment for her yesterday.

Of course, there were lots of cheers and screaming amongst her friends, deservedly so.

But, she said she feels sorry for the millions of other children out there who didn’t get the education like the one she was afforded.

She acknowledges that schools like Durban Girls’ High pride themselves for having dedicated teachers and the best education money can buy. However, the truth is that not every school in South Africa is that fortunate.

“Yes, we did well. But my heart aches for the people who could have done well given the opportunity,” she said.

This aspiring architect said her dream is to inspire others to see South Africa as a great country again.

“People are despondent. There’s corruption. But looking at our history, people made a choice back then. There’s no reason for us why we shouldn’t,” Moodley added.

It is not only Moodley who wants to make her difference. The Witness also had a chat with girls from the school who shared her sentiments. They just want to change and have a great impact on the country.

Lushivia Govender said she wants to lend a helping hand to underprivileged schools and pass on her knowledge.

Govender is also going to pursue a career in medicine, where she hopes to improve many lives. She would also like to teach others courage and ambition, because “that’s what’s lacking in the world currently”.

Cheralyn Hewer said she feels her school prepared her for her achievement. She is going to study medicine this year.

Melanie White said she feels lucky to have had the teachers she had. All four girls passed with eight distinctions each, and agreed revision and their trial exams prepared them to be among the cream of the crop.

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