No Longer a Rebel
Nikeziwe Ximba is a grade 11 student. Nikeziwe and her little sister started living their grandmother after their mother passed away when Nikeziwe was young. Nikeziwe was known as a very rude girl who disrespected her elders. She would steal from her grandmother and her neighbours.
However, her behaviour changed when she became a Senior Peer Educator. She started respecting her elders and her peers. Even her teachers at Kwapata High School noticed the change. Nikeziwe was no longer the student who rebelled against her teachers.
Amanda Vilakazi is a grade 10 student who moved from Mpumalanga to live with her aunt in Pietermaritzburg after her mother passed away. The move was difficult for Amanda as she struggled to adjust at Sqongweni Secondary School. In the beginning of the school year she struggled to make friends; thus, was unable to freely interact with her peers.
Despite this, Amanda was chosen to be a Junior Peer Educator. Since becoming a Junior Peer Educator, Amanda has not only forged friendships with other Junior Peer Educators; but she has also found a platform where she can be outspoken as well as ‘go the extra mile’ to help other students who may struggle to fit in. Amanda’s potential to be an opinion leader and help others was realized as a result of being part of the gold programme.
Teacher Congratulates Facilitators
Samkelisiwe Ngcobo, Facilitator
Mr Zulu is an English teacher at Sqongweni Secondary School who teaches students from grade 10 to grade 12.
Mr Zulu recently came to us to basically congratulate us for the work that we do as facilitators with the kids in the school .There is a Peer Educator (Thula) in his class who was known as a very rude student in school, and he also gave us a very hard time to be honest. However, in the end we were able to work with him towards turning his life around. Mr Zulu came to thank us in that regard and he was very happy with the progress Thula had made.