Working Hard and Studying Harder

Not long ago, the perception was that when a woman works and comes home and plays her role as a mother and wife, she was a superwoman. Now what name is suitable enough to describe a woman who does the above mentioned, and adds studying to the list? – Simply amazing.

Meet the multitasking Good Work Foundation (GWF) women who contribute towards creating a world class education model and still have time to better their education background.

“If I am to go around and preach to school learners about the importance of education, I need to be in a position where I can use myself as an example of success through education, and in order for that to be possible, I need to study,” explains Mercyful Mathebula who is the Coordinator of the Bridging year course and Career Awareness programme at GWF. Mercyful is currently enrolled with the University of the North West for a Foundation Phase Education Diploma.

Mercyful has written her first exams and passed all of them exceptionally with three distinctions out of six exams.

Zodwa Buthelezi used to volunteer in a church where her responsibility was to cook for the orphans and vulnerable children who live there. Today, she is a facilitator in the Open Learning Academy at GWF, and runs her own business as a caterer. “I grabbed the opportunity and did not look back when GWF agreed to assist with study fees. I went online and registered for a three year Adult Basic Education Training Diploma (ABET) at University of South Africa (UNISA).”

Deliwe Tibane, the ORIGINAL WOMAN construction worker at Hazyview Digital Learning Campus (HDLC) has registered for an Online Office Administration course that she will complete after 18 months. “I couldn’t let my achievements stop at just moving from a construction worker to administration officer. I want to have a formal qualification that will one day open bigger doors for me.”

A large number of the rural children in South Africa as a whole have all sorts of obstacles on their way of furthering their studies in universities and colleges. When an opportunity comes, it is well used, and that is exactly what these GWF women are doing for themselves and their families.

The opportunity came, and these young women  grabbed it with both hands to ensure that they are counted on the South African statistics of educated rural women.

The opportunity came, and these young women grabbed it with both hands to ensure that they are counted on the South African statistics of educated rural women.

"Even though most people believe that all good things come to an end, it was not a coincidence that education seems to be about the only good thing that never ends, in fact, the longer it exists, the better it becomes.”- Raina Ubisi,

“Even though most people believe that all good things come to an end, it was not a coincidence that education seems to be about the only good thing that never ends, in fact, the longer it exists, the better it becomes.”- Raina Ubisi.

“If I am to go around and preach to school learners about the importance of education, I need to be in a position where I can use myself as an example of success through education," says Mercyfyl Mathebula

“If I am to go around and preach to school learners about the importance of education, I need to be in a position where I can use myself as an example of success through education,” says Mercyfyl Mathebula.

Well done team. Well done #WomenInTech!

written by GWF Media Academy.

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