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Durban – A young KwaZulu-Natal man is changing the lives of pupils in his community, travelling from school to school to provide free tuition at his own cost.
Emmanuel Khumalo, 20, from KwaMashu’s G section, lives in a two-bedroom house.
He shares the home with his unemployed mother, three siblings and his seven nieces and nephews.
His father died in 2010.
He is presently on a business management learnership programme at Joshua Door in KwaMashu.
His dream, however, is to work in medicine, but after enrolling at Unisa for a BA in Nursing Science, he was forced to drop out for financial reasons. Khumalo said he is presently putting money aside out of his R1 700 monthly stipend to pay for next year's tuition.
But in the meantime, he is fully focused on helping others improve their grades to make sure they make it through school.
Having been an A-student throughout his school career, Khumalo said he was in Grade 11 when he decided to start up what he calls The Numbers Education Club.
"It started with my friends coming to do their homework at my house after school. I started helping Grade 8s with their work during break time and also taught Grade 12s Maths."
He has continued with the club singlehandedly ever since, but due to his work schedule from Monday to Friday, he tutors on weekends.
Khumalo said he didn’t mind using his own money to buy stationery like chalk, or to print notes for his pupils.
'I am doing this for free'
His pupils are mostly from Ubuhle Primary School and Thandukwazi Primary School, he says.
Khumalo has since registered the club as a non-profit organisation and is hoping that it will spark change in his community.
"I am doing this for free because I am passionate about youth development. I am hoping that other people will join in and help me make a difference in my community."
While Khumalo enjoys teaching, he says he still dreams of becoming a medical doctor one day.
"I love medicine, I love helping others. When I was growing up, my mother used to have a huge teddy bear on her bed and I used to pretend that it was my patient," he says shyly.
"I matriculated in 2012 and applied at various universities, but I couldn’t secure a place. I was accepted to study for a BA in Nursing Science at Unisa. I was there for six months, but I dropped out due to financial difficulties.
"I am going to continue working hard to achieve my dreams and most importantly helping those pupils reach their dreams," says Khumalo.