‘Help me study further’

2016-02-04 06:00
 Kholeka Magwa-Gili finnally got her matric certificate after 20 years.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Kholeka Magwa-Gili finnally got her matric certificate after 20 years. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Kholeka Magwa-Gili,46, is a Khayelitsha mother who finally received her matric 20 years after dropping out of school.

She received the news that she had finally completed her matric last month after studying at the Nolungile Adult Education Centre last year.

Gili, from Site C ,said she now has a new perspective and purpose in life.

This new achievement has sparked an interest to further her education despite the odds that seem to be stacked against her.

A volunteer at a local school, the unemployed mother of one struggles to make ends meet. She said that she was encouraged to complete her matric after she joined a learnership with Epilepsy SA.

“During that learnership I learnt about office administration and one of the teachers at the school suggested that I complete my matric as it would help a lot. I realised that it was a great idea and I decided to do it,” said Magwa-Gwili.

Despite financial difficulties, coupled with being a single mother, she managed to perform well in her studies.

“At first I was a bit rusty because I had not been behind a desk in two decades but as the time went on I got used and started doing well.

I noticed that a lot has changed as the subjects are no longer called what they used to be and the content of the syllabus is also different but once you get into it you understand,” she remembered.

She said that one of her favourite subjects was Life Orientation.

“It was strange at first but then I got so much insight into these things. I also enjoyed the maths.

She says that she aspires to study electrical engineering but cannot afford to study further.

“Ny husband passed away. I was forced to fix electrical appliances because i didn’t always have the money to pay someone to fix it. Now I don’t call anyone when the kettle is broken,” she said.

She said she hoped to get funding to study further as it would be a job that she would enjoy.

“It started as a necessity but now I get joy from fixing things around the house. I didn’t apply because I can hardly afford to pay my way. My dream is to study at a college like False Bay college since its closer and much more convenient,” she said.

Call Gili: 078 406 0987

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