Thandulwazi alumnus update: Tumelo Lebea
This year some 2 583 HDSA teachers and high school students, from under-resourced schools across Gauteng and beyond, are beneficiaries of the educational programmes facilitated by the Thandulwazi Maths & Science Academy. The interim report, as at 31 July 2017, is available here.
It is always heartening to hear from graduates of the Academy, whose lives have been positively impacted by the Thandulwazi programmes they attended. On 10 June 2017, we received the following e-mail from Tumelo Lebea, who attended the Thandulwazi Saturday School in 2013 and 2014. Tumelo hailed from Rhodesfield Technical High School and achieved a Diploma pass in his NSC final examinations in December 2014.
"My name is Tumelo Gift Lebea and I was one of the Saturday School learners at Thandulwazi for two years between 2013 and 2014. After completing my Matric in 2014, I decided to take a gap year. Then, with the help of my friend, I applied to the University of Johannesburg to do Operations Management and now I'm a second year student at UJ.
'Last year I passed all my modules with an average of 81.75% and in September 2016 I was invited by the university to attend the First Year Top Achievers ceremony as I had an average of 81.5% after the June examinations. Although I started this year slow, I'm now on point to repeat the feats of last year. Although doing Operations Management wasn't something I had thought I'd ever do in my life, it is now the best thing that has happened to me and these last two years were the best of my life.
'I'd like to thank Thandulwazi and its sponsors for the opportunity that was given to me as it made all of this possible, and I hope it (Thandulwazi) continues to give the opportinity to other learners so that they can be the best they can be."
We are happy to hear from past students and we are so happy that Thandulwazi has made a postive impact in Tumelo's life.