Oprah, here we come!

2016-08-04 06:00
 Vukani Primary School principal Nombulelo Sigenu, Babalwa Nose, Esethu Nose, Khanyisa Phangindawo with mother Nothemba and father Zolani when they welcomed the learners at the airport.                      PHOTO: Mandla mahashe

Vukani Primary School principal Nombulelo Sigenu, Babalwa Nose, Esethu Nose, Khanyisa Phangindawo with mother Nothemba and father Zolani when they welcomed the learners at the airport. PHOTO: Mandla mahashe

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Two learners from Vukani Primary School, staff and parents are waiting with bated breath and crossing their fingers to hear whether the duo has made it for the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls come 2017 academic year.

Khanyisa Phangindawo and Esethu Noza spent last week in Johannesburg, taking part in various adnission test and processess.

The two made it to the competition after outshining 15 other girls in a literacy and numeracy test, which success saw them making it to Joburg.

Siyathemba Mavusa, the coordinator of the application and English teacher at the school, said that he saw the need for the learners to apply as this was a fantastic opportunity for them.

“Not only will they be getting the best education at the school, but parents in our areas cannot afford to give children the best education.”

Mavusa said he took it upon himself to collect the application forms, made sure that the 15 of them took the test.

“Phangindawo and Noza came out tops,” said Mavusa.

The school was the brainchild of the American mega TV star and network owner Oprah Winfrey in 2007 with the aim of enrolling young girls from disadvantaged homes who showed academic prowess.

The school offers free tuition as well as boarding facilities for learners. Mavusa is confident that their learners will impress.

“They are a pair of dedicated learners and as a school we believe that if its on their ability then they will definitely make the cut, we are very excited for them,” he added.

The school’s principal Nombulelo Sigenu shared the same sentiment as that of Mavusa , but also added that the twosome has showed vast improvements since their time at the school. 

“We are very proud of them and we know what they can achieve as we watched them grow since they arrived at our school. They are from the same class that started here in 2009 and they have consistently showed progress. We are confident that they will have a bright future,” she said.

Sigenu also added that the school was thankful to Mavusa for the effort he put in to make sure that the learners get ahead.

Nothemba Phangindawo, the mother of Khanyisa, said that she hoped that her daughter made the cut even though she is going to be missed, should she move to a new province. “It would be a wonderful opportunity for them and I am praying that they get accepted. We missed her already but this is for her future,” she said.

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