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The Edumap difference - How the South Deep Education Trust is helping Westonaria students realise their dreams

Friday, 1 July 2016

In 2015 the South Deep Education Trust partnered with Edumap College to support post-matric students with academic potential who hadn’t met u niversity entra nce requirements.

Edumap provides a full-time, year-long programme that focuses on improving their maths, physical science and English marks. It also offers various academic enrichment courses: computer, life and business skills, applied maths, engineering, and drawing and design.

Good grades in maths and physical science specifi cally can unlock a range of career possibilities. Just ask these three go-getters who are making their dreams come true with their improved marks:

Future civil engineer

Although Khayakazi Nongwane enjoyed maths and physical science at school, she struggled with some aspects of these subjects. It affected her fi nal matric marks. Through the South Deep

Education Trust, Khayakazi was one of 15 learners chosen to attend the Edumap College in 2015. She not only raised her grades, but she also qualifi ed for a university bursary.

Khayakazi is now a fi rst year civil engineering student at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). “Maths and physical science are essential for engineers. My career is going to be all about making reliable calculations,” she explains.

“I am from Bekkersdal. Like many other places in South Africa, this is a poor area that lacks infrastructure. As a civil engineer I want to contribute to developing my community, as well as the rest of the country,” she says.

Khayakazi was raised by her uncle. “It was diffi cult growing up without parents, but I overcame the challenges. I’ve always known what I wanted in life: to be a successful, independent woman who makes a positive difference. Now I’m heading in that direction. Thank you South Deep Education Trust!”

Future marketer

With her maths and physical science classes mostly in Tswana, Iris Sontshi, who speaks Xhosa, English and Afrikaans, was at a disadvantage. “I could not qualify for what I wanted to study with my fi nal matric marks. It felt like my year after grade 12 was going to be wasted,” she says.

Edumap changed that. Iris’ marks, as well as her communication skills improved. “When we learnt about business, I also discovered what I wanted to do with my life. I used to want to study engineering because that’s what everybody wanted to do,” she mentions.

Iris is now a fi rst year BCom Marketing student at UJ – she also received a South Deep Education Trust bursary. “My dream is to become a respected marketing director. I want to work with local, as well as international companies.”

She adds: “In Simunye, where I grew up, there aren’t many opportunities and many young people don’t know about the ones that are available. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity the South Deep Education Trust gave me to attend the Edumap College and now to study!”

Future lawyer

Xolani Maseko was about to register for a degree in education (although he didn’t have the funds), when he got the call from the Edumap College. “I didn’t really want to become a teacher, but that’s what I could do with my marks. As long as I can remember I wanted to be a lawyer; I loved debates and public speaking at school. But my maths and physical science marks were really low.

“Attending Edumap gave me the chance to raise my grades so that I could get accepted for a law degree. I was even able to qualify for a bursary through the South Deep Education Trust,” says Xolani, who grew up in Simunye. He is now a fi rst year law student at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Xolani says that part of his struggles with maths and physical science was related to the general negative perception about these subjects. “At Edumap they changed our attitudes about maths and physical science. We also learnt other skills, which have made the transition from school to university so much easier,” says Xolani.

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