You can succeed despite difficult circumstances, poor backgrounds and humble beginnings.This is the message to the 2018 matriculants from Martha Bartlett, MEC of Education, on her visit to Spring school camps in and around Kuruman last week. Bartlett motivated the learners as they need to prepare for the final exams. “Through sheer hard work, commitment and determination, nothing can prevent you from achieving your full potential and your dreams. Visualise your dreams and be willing to put in time, energy and sacrifices to realise your goals. “Do not be distracted by unwanted interferences from focusing on the important task of studying to become successful in life,” she said.Bartlett reminded the learners that acquiring the National Senior Certificate (NSC) is a very important qualification, leading to a better world and opening new doors and opportunities. With a matric certificate and the right marks, learners will have the option of going to an university or a Further Education and Training (FET) College.“Remember that hard work and sheer determination will unlock the doors of success for you. Today you are learners, tomorrow you will become employees and employers. You must bring your principles into your life, no matter who you will be in future and what your life will be like. “Always remember the people who contributed to your education and be grateful. Please, you must remain focused, be confident in your ability. Concentrate intensely on your books and make us proud.“You must remember that our government, the department, your parents, families and our communities love you and support you. The entire education community is standing by you as you prepare to acquire the most important certificate of your life.”Bartlett said she is confident in the education system and has faith and confidence that the class of 2018 will overwhelmingly exceed their expectations. “Be assured that we will support you every step of the way when you write the NSC examination in a conducive environment underpinned by peace and calm. “In return, be focused on your studies and believe in your abilities, work out a clear study programme in preparation for the examinations, manage your time well and maintain a calm state of mind and be part of a study group and learn from your peers.”She concluded her visit by reminding the young people that they must learn to be responsible members of society, through what they are taught at school and through their experience of education.“We must ensure that our education teaches positive values to our children, so that they learn the power of respect, respect for teachers, for fellow learners, and particularly respect for their parents. “I wish you to have a successful life and remember that your school gave you a start in life. Once more, do well and make us proud,” she said.