Graduates motivate school leavers to boost confidence

2018-11-01 06:02
Vuyo Joboda of Perez Empire Projects addresses some of the aspirant matriculants during the motivational session.PHOTOS: Velani Ludidi

Vuyo Joboda of Perez Empire Projects addresses some of the aspirant matriculants during the motivational session.PHOTOS: Velani Ludidi

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Graduates from the greater Lwandle area are doing their bit to help boost the confidence of aspirant matriculants currently writing their final examinations.

This was done through a motivational talk organised by Perez Empire Projects, an organisation which aims to eradicate poverty through education. “I understand the challenges that one is often faced with during the exam period,” explained Vuyo Joboda, a UCT student from Lwandle who founded Perez Empire Projects.

“I wanted to inspire them, so they are not discouraged to study, but rather motivated to work hard, dream big and achieve their ambitions, in spite of the challenges they may face.”

The event, which saw a number of graduates from the area address the matriculants, was held in Greenfields on Saturday 27 October. The graduates spoke about their experiences from high school to tertiary level.

Thando Fatyela, who holds an honours degree in geographic information systems and environmental management, encouraged the matriculants by telling them it is possible for them to achieve their goals. “The decisions you take today will determine whether you will pass or not,” Fatyela related.

“If you decide not to study, that is your choice, but make a decision today. Do you want to see your student number in that newspaper next year? Do you want to go to university next year? It is all your choice.”

Grade 12 learner Nkeletseng Lekhatha said she took valuable information from the graduates on the day. “I learnt that as a person, you have to choose your friends wisely and that you must be your biggest fan,” she said.

“My background does not matter now, because it was never my choice. My future, however, can be determined by me.”

Twenty-year-old Joboda said she achieved her aim with the hosting of the event. “Our aim was to use the graduates’ stories to inspire, even if it’s one student,” she explained.

“The learners reverted back to us on how much motivation they received from the event. Seeing the smiles on their faces and the awe with which they received the pearls of wisdom was enough for us to say the event was a success.”

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