29 Rural Students Celebrate with English Olympiad Certificates

In March this year 29 students from the Madlala Digital Learning Centre entered the De Beers Group English Olympiad, a joint venture between the Grahamstown Foundation and the South African Council for English Education.

In August, all of our students received certificates of participation, a handful received certificates of merit, and one student – Provide Nkosi – received a bronze certificate.

Good Work Foundation Project Coordinator at Madlala, Linky Nkuna, was recently asked “why the English Olympiad?”

Here was her answer:

“We do this because we work with some of the best minds in rural spaces, minds the world is not even aware of. We do this because we are inspired by these young minds, because we believe that young people are the most powerful beings to be ever created in this world. We do this to open their world, expand their horizons and expose them to a new beautiful world. We do this to show the powers that be that they need to up the game, set the bar higher because young people in rural areas can reach the skies. We do this to prove to the people up there that young people in rural areas can achieve more than 30%. That they can do more and should be given the opportunities to do just that.

The Madlala English Olympiad participants and award winners outside the Madlala Digital Learning Centre.

The Madlala English Olympiad participants and award winners outside the Madlala Digital Learning Centre.

Over the years, the young learners of Madlala have shown us that we can throw anything at them (read about the day of the test here) and they will tackle it like professionals. I love the fact that they don’t give up and are not scared of a challenge. But this is not just a Madlala story, this is the story of young people in rural spaces. They are powerful beyond belief, they just need someone to believe in them, trust in them and to point them in the right direction every now and then.

The Oxford Dictionary taking pride of place on Mercy's desk. The Olympiad was enabled by the All Heart Fund.

March 2014: The Oxford Dictionary taking pride of place on Mercy’s desk. The Olympiad was enabled by the All Heart Fund.

The English Olympiad’s aim is to enrich young people through the study of English while at the same time encouraging them to explore the English Language and its literature beyond the scope of the school syllabus. For us at Good Work Foundation, that’s a great resource. One that we’re going to tap into.

Look out for more bronze and possibly a silver or two in 2015!”

Comments