Johannesburg – It takes a village to raise a child and a Fourways graduate thanked her village for supporting her through her last and most difficult year in high school.
Phiwase Khoza from Fourways High School in Fourways told The Star that she is grateful for her supporter village.
She especially thanked her mother and father.
“They made sure I had all the resources I needed. They gave me a laptop and allowed me to work and write papers. Sometimes I would spend all Saturday and Sunday making newspapers and some parents would say to go outside but they understood that I had my own study methods.
Khoza said her parents’ confidence in her inspired her during final exams. She said she was also grateful to her aunts and uncles who helped her with her schoolwork and checked her out during her hectic matrix year.
“It takes a village to raise a child and I certainly had a village to support and help me through this difficult year and my entire school career.
The graduate said switching from face-to-face to online learning was a challenge as she was not used to learning like this.
“It changed a lot for me and it required me to spend a lot of time after school making sure I understood the concepts and making sure that my work was up to date and that I was well prepared for the exams. . ”
Khoza said a normal school day starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m., but hers ended up being from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
“After the online lessons, I had to go back to the videos and all the presentations my teachers made to understand everything.”
She said online learning required her to find an inner motivation to surpass herself.
“If I was successful this year, I would be ready for the rest of my life and I would have made everyone proud who helped me in the last 12 years of my schooling.
Khoza said there were many ‘last time in the matrix’ moments that she unfortunately couldn’t participate in last year, including playing netball.
“A lot of the matrix rites of passage were lost, which was disappointing, but at the same time, canceling sports gave me more time to devote to work and exam preparation. In a way, it helped me.
She hopes to study medicine at Wits University or the University of Cape Town this year.
“ It takes a village to raise a child and I certainly had a village that helped me during the difficult school year ”
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