Manenberg night school sparking hope and new beginnings for dropouts
The Hopeful Leaders Night School gives high school dropouts the opportunity to obtain their national senior certificates for as little as R1 a lesson.
The newly opened school runs classes from the local Leadership College from Monday to Thursday.
The school's proud founder, Yumna Alexander, says the classes are packed with mostly parents and grandparents, with some as old as 54.
A number of night school students have children of high school-going age studying the same subjects as them, such as history, maths literacy and languages.
The classes are free of charge, but participants are welcome to give a donation to go towards the teachers who volunteer their time, according to News24.
Alexander is a single mother of two who was also a high school dropout at some point in her life.
She dropped out of school in 2002 when she fell pregnant with her son. After 10 years of living hand-to-mouth, she decided to get her matric.
Alexander would work during the day and self-study at night while juggling motherhood and making ends meet.
Fast-forward to today, and she is one year away from obtaining her bachelor's degree in education.
The 33-year-old says she wants to inspire and motivate the other adult learners to never give up and always strive to be better.
She says the journey requires determination, sacrifice, hard work and courage.
People really want to better the situation at home, in the community and better themselves. And we all know the only way to achieve that is education.Yumna Alexander, Founder - Hopeful Leaders Night School
The classrooms are full. It makes me feel so good.Yumna Alexander, Founder - Hopeful Leaders Night School
I had enough... I decided I'm not going to work for R500 a week anymore, I want to study. I want to be something.Yumna Alexander, Founder - Hopeful Leaders Night School
A lot of kids have high hopes and they have dreams because of the steps that their parents took. We need to lead by example.Yumna Alexander, Founder - Hopeful Leaders Night School
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