It was important for learners to be in the presence of successful people with similar backgrounds to theirs. This was the main point of engagement at a dialogue attended by 50 promising learners from schools in KwaMashu and Umlazi at Crawford Collage in La Lucia.
The dialogue was hosted by the Democracy Development Program in partnership with former learners at the college Mfundo Radebe and Nithyah Ramesh. The aim of the dialogue was to unearth the learner’s potential and to explore the exciting opportunities the future holds for them. The learners were selected based on leadership qualities and good academic record.
Radebe of Umlazi and Ramesh are both going to the United States of America soon to begin their undergraduate degree studies.
Writer and social activist Justin Foxton, who was also one of the sponsors of the day, started the dialogue on a high note with a brief vibrant, inspiring and interactive speech. He said: “the struggle is often what determines our greatness. We need not seek the easy way out as we have so much more to learn from learning things as life presents it.”
The learners continued to engage enthusiastically in a dialogue that was facilitated by DDP’s programme assistant Brian Bhengu, about the challenges and potential successes that young people see around them and for themselves.