10 of Our Best Photos from October’s Graduation

From January 2015 to date, GWF will have produced 171 graduates. All the graduates are computer and English literate (the languages of access), as well as having several qualifications under hospitality services. Two more graduations are to take place before the end of this year. Here is a series of our top ten best photos from the October graduation.

Soeny Mkhonto say the one thing she will definitely not miss after her graduation is the early mornings and everyday traveling. "But i must say that I love the reward that those early mornings gave me at the end."

Soeny Mkhonto says that she “must be the luckiest graduate today who gets to be capped by the very same teacher who capped me when I graduated from preschool many years ago.” Soeny graduated with qualifications in English, International Computer Driving License (ICDL) as well as Hospitality.

Most of the students that come to study at GWF come from impoverished families who at times have no money to gove the students for transport to school. This woman in particular could not believe that "after all that struggling, things finally worked out, and i could watch my daughter take the spotlight."

Many of the students that come to study at GWF are from impoverished families who at times have no money to give the students for transport to campus. This woman in particular could not believe that “after all that struggling, things finally worked out, and I get to ululate for my daughter as she walked up to receive her accolades.”

"This is just the beginning," says Rueben who has applied to study IT in an FET college next year.

“This is just the beginning,” says Rueben Mlambo who has applied to study IT in an FET college next year. Reuben is one of the students who completed his ICDL in record time. He also walks out of this campus with  a Front Officer, and Food and Beverage qualifications.

"Our biggest gratitude goes out to Absa South Africa, who has sponsored so many of us to help us realize and reach our dreams. We also thank our parents and relatives who have been with us throughout this journey," says Khumi Ngomane who spoke on behalf of all the students.

“Our biggest gratitude goes out to Absa South Africa, who has sponsored so many of us to help us realize and reach our dreams. We also thank our parents and relatives who have been with us throughout this journey,” says Khumi Ngomane who spoke on behalf of all the students.

An audience captures the GWF staff choir in action. This choir was formed just a few days before the graduation, but they were the most vibrant to listen to, this can be attested to by the audience who tried to sing along all the songs that the choir sang.

An audience captures the GWF staff choir made out of mathemagicians, ICDL facilitators, Open Learning facilitators, administration staff, in action. This choir was formed just a few days before the graduation, but they were the most vibrant to listen to.

Mama Simpiwe Solomons was the keynote speaker who motivated not just the graduates but everyone who was in the barn. "my emphasis lies in the young women seated here who have a matter of urgency in realising their potential," said Mama Simphiwe in her speech.

Mama Sipiwe Solomons was the keynote speaker who motivated not just the graduates but everyone who was in the barn. “My emphasis lies in the young women seated here who have a matter of urgency in realising their potential,” said Mama Sipiwe.

"Today i feel like the most proud mother, teacher and mentor of these young women and men. Go out there and show them rural digital minds are capable of," said GWF CEO Kate Groch.

“Today I feel like a proud mother, teacher and mentor of these young women and men. Go out there and show them what rural digital minds are capable of,” said GWF CEO Kate Groch.

"our mission is to look up, and go forward and never look back at the things that will never help us shape our future." says the newly GWF capped graduates.

“Our mission is to look up, and go forward and never look back at the things that will never help us shape our future,” says the newly GWF capped graduates. “Cheers to our tomorrow.”

The graduates are taking it one step at a time, getting closer and closer to contributing towards the South African economy and the world of technology.

The graduates are taking it one step at a time, getting closer and closer to contributing towards the South African economy and the world of technology.

Catherine Khosa (left) is a teacher from Ifalethu Primary school, one of the schools that are plugged into the Open Learning Academy. Catherine and Paris Moeng (right) were also ICDL students at GWF.

Catherine Khosa (left) is a teacher from Ifalethu Primary School, one of the schools that are plugged into the Open Learning Academy. Catherine and Paris Moeng (right) were also ICDL students at GWF.

Compiled by the Media Academy.

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