School dropouts are being given another chance to complete their matric and Abet levels – and its closer to home.The New World Foundation (NWF), a community and training centre, and the Capricorn Learning Centre (CLC) have formed a partnership to bring this opportunity to Lavender Hill.The CLC is supported by the Department of Higher Education and Training and has a registration fee of only R150 per year. Classes take place on Mondays to Thursdays from 18:00 to 21:00. “Challenges that you might have had when you were a learner and you only studied because you had to, not because you chose to, are different now. Having your matric is the first step to empower yourself with knowledge, to find a good work opportunity and to be independent,” says Daniela Schlichter, NWF project manager.Classes have started already but registration is open until Thursday 9 November.“If you left school before passing Grade 9, you must join Abet classes first, which will start on 6 February 2018. Registration has opened already,” she says. “Each year three different matric subjects are offered at NWF. This term it is English, Business Studies and Mathematical Science. “In order to get your matric, six subjects must be passed. If you take three subjects a year, you will be able to get your matric in only two years. “The classes offered will change every year, according to the needs of the students and availability of teachers. It is possible to sign up for less than three subjects, if you have already passed certain subjects.” she says.While the chance to attend matric and Abet classes is new in Lavender Hill, both classes are already offered through the CLC at Capricorn Primary School in Vrygrond Avenue.“The knowledge that you gain is very valuable and can never be taken away from you. Give yourself a second chance and take this opportunity. If you want it, all it takes is your motivation, inner strength and your will-power to get your Matric. We strongly believe this will help solve some of the challenges faced by the community like unemployment and poverty among other things,” she says.Readers interested in joining the classes should go to the NWF Mondays to Thursdays between 19:00 and 20:00. Bring two certified copies of your ID, your last school report and proof of address. V For more information call Thandiswa Ntisa on 076 219 1769.