Student of the Week: Paris Moeng

Here are two of student, Paris Moeng’s, achievements:

  • He finished high school at the age of 17, a feat almost unheard of in rural South Africa
  • At 19 years old, he is the youngest Hazyview Digital Learning Centre student to pass the first part of the A+ Computing exam, and, with 79%, he achieved the highest mark

When HDLC opened in 2012, Paris was one of our first students. In just over one and half years Paris has completed his International Computer Driving License (ICDL) Core and Advanced (MS Word) and is well on his way to completing A+ Computing in April.

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Paris Moeng at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre

“Paris is the quietest in my class” says A+ facilitator, Vusi Sibiya, “but he is extremely bright. He is dedicated and self-motivated. In fact Paris helps other students in my class by helping them to revise and coaching them through core concepts. Sometimes I find Paris revising work for exams that he has already passed, and when I ask, he simply says ‘there is still a lot that I would like to understand better.’”

How many 19 year olds in Shabalala have finished Matric and have already got their ICDL Core, Advanced and (nearly) their A+ Computing certificates under their belts?

There is no doubt that this young man works hard, and he is not hanging around either. He plans to start his N+ this year, and by his own admission has become a “student for life”.

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The A+ Computing class

“Even when I get a job I would like to continue studying” says Paris. “Learning for life, continuing to develop my skills, that is what I want.”

We love having you on campus Paris. As a final thought, here’s a quote that we thought you would appreciate:

Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm. – Robert Louis Stevenson

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