Positive change her inspiration

2015-09-16 06:00
MAMELLO MOKWENA, an inspirational young facilitator in Kimberley.

MAMELLO MOKWENA, an inspirational young facilitator in Kimberley. Photo: Supplied

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MAMELLO MOKWENA is an inspirational young woman who empowers others every day as a media works facilitator at the De Beers Consolidated Mine in Kimberley.

Mamello decided to become a facilitator to teach others after having completed her Media Works Foundational Learning Competence (FLC) programme, where she was a learner who excelled.

According to her, she was inspired by the positive changes that occurred in people’s lives once they chose to improve their education.

Mamello completed her N6 in Financial Management and progressed to achieve excellent results for her performance in the FLC programme where her overall mark was 85%. She achieved 77% for Maths and 93% for English.

Instead of pursuing a career in finance, she chose to give back to society instead.

Mamello realised that not everyone has the confidence or ability to improve their circumstances.

“Being a facilitator gives hope to others and if I can help just one person to realise their potential, I would have done my job well,” she said.

Mamello enjoys teaching others what she has learnt and finds it challenging and exciting.

She facilitates two programmes being Adult Education and Training (AET) and FLC.

Her daily programme begins with a question and answer session, followed by marking the workbooks to ensure that her learners are following the lessons and completing tasks correctly.

The day’s lesson is then taught and the learners continue in their workbooks while Mamello assists them. “Being a facilitator requires love of working with people. It is challenging to work with adults, so patience is a must-have attribute. Patience allows the learners to feel at ease and opens up the channels of communication so that the learner gets the most out of the facilitation process.”

She already has one learner who has touched her heart due to his strong desire to be a writer and a poet and as such, he studies exceptionally hard.

“He wants to be able to write his own stories that will motivate other people to improve their lives.”

Although Mamello is younger than her learners, she has gained their respect and trust.

She is grateful for the opportunity to be able to work with people and impart her knowledge.

Asked about her views, Mamello said: “I have grown passionate about helping and serving people, enabling them to stand up for themselves without the mental bondage of dependency on others.

“The truth is that we need to teach people to look out for themselves and not depend on any form of help. People need to realise their potential, they just need someone to help them tap into it!”

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