A failed attempt to pass matric more than a decade ago had a mother of two in such depths of despair that she decided the effort was not worth the failure.But then came the day that Nomakhwezi (Norma) Ralo (40) from Jeffreys Bay gave herself a firm shake, remembering her dream of a better life for herself and her family. Next thing she was enrolled in an Adult Basic Education and Training (Abet) course. And at the beginning of this year failing was a distant memory when she received her matric certificate.She obtained good marks for her subjects Early Childhood Development, Human and Social Science, English, Life Orientation, Mathematical Literacy, and Travel and Tourism.According to her, she struggled the most with Mathematical Literacy.Norma took a job as a kitchen assistant at BP Garage in Jeffreys Bay eight years ago, but deep down in her heart she knew she wanted more. At the beginning of 2016, she enrolled at the Makukhanye Primary School in Tokyo Sexwale, Jeffreys Bay and was the oldest in the class, she said.According to her, working and being a student at the same time were not always a smooth ride. “It was hard work. There were many times that I wanted to give up, but I promised my two daughters Kuhle (16) and Yantle (15) that I would see it through to the end. Failing them was not an option.”Her hard work eventually paid off.According to her, she could not have done it without the support of her children, BP Garage owner Deon Freemantle, her best friend Paulina Godfrey and the team at Makukhanye.Norma smiles broadly when she talks about her journey and her future dreams.She is planning to pursue a qualification in Early Childhood Development.“I have a passion for young children and it is my dream to one day be a Grade R teacher,” says Norma.She is very optimistic about her future.