The MissWrite Experience 2013
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I am Sikelelwa Ndaliso and I am 18 years old. I have been attending the Etafeni Aftercare Programme from Grade 5. I have just passed my Matric in 2013 with Bachelor’s and two distinctions. After receiving my results, my parents were so proud of me and I have never seen them so happy. This year I will be studying a LLB at the University of the Western Cape. I am so excited because I will be the first person in my family to study at university.
I don’t know how I would have turned out if I had not been part of the Aftercare programme. Attending the Aftercare has shaped me into being the young lady that I am today. It has opened many doors for me and I have learnt many things through the programme. I have learnt how to use computers, how to play marimbas and was selected as a representative of the Music Therapy Community Clinic trip to Canada.
Attending MissWrite in 2013 has been such an exciting and helpful experience for me. I have learnt so much and built a relationship with the facilitators and other volunteers. I have discovered my writing skills such as poems and essays. The programme was a platform for me to learn new things and improve my English.
I am Nomzama (“Zama”) Mnqandi I studied hard at Fezeka Secondary School. I finished my Grade 12 in 2013.
I started off the year well and never thought the road would be rough and hard. In March 2013 I got good results but what I really wanted was excellent marks so I worked really hard even attending extra lessons after class to improve my marks. But in June, some of my marks dropped and I thought of losing hope but I didn’t want to accept the low marks and so I worked even harder. Matric is not hard but by putting in effort and determination in your work will allow you to come out on top.
My final matrix examinations were the worse because there was a problem with the electricity at home. I had to study in the day light after school and with a phone at night. It was very painful but I persevered and never gave any excuses with the problems I was facing. I coped with all of it and was able to successfully pass my Matric with a Bachelor’s.
My dream is to become a pilot. I have applied to the army to become a pilot but for this year will be studying Engineering Related Design at False Bay. This degree will enable me to study the mathematics and science towards my plans of becoming a pilot.
Attending MissWrite also played a big role in my school life because now I am able to analyse a poem and write a poem. I can take out the different parts of a speech in a poem. I really learnt a lot at MissWrite. Telling stories, sharing food and giving each other advice. MissWrite was and is very helpful.
My name is Nocawe Sweetness Msweli born on 7 July, 1989 in the Eastern Cape. My parents Vuyisile Mcaphukiso and Mandisa Msweli are no longer alive but I have two siblings and one son. I matriculated from Zweliwelile Secondary School in 2008 and then took some time off to raise my son.
In 2013 I heard about the Etafeni Day Care Centre Trust’s (Etafeni) “Fit for Life, Fir for Work” by a family member who also attended the programme and was very happy to be accepted into the programme. I enjoyed the five-week course which covers subjects such as English communication, Life Skills and computer skills. At the same time at Etafeni, I also joined the MissWrite group training session where we write poems, play games and act out our writing. I gained a lot from MissWrite. They taught me how to love and respect people and myself as well. Now I am able to put feelings into words and pictures through my experience through MissWrite.
Towards the middle of 2013, Etafeni sponsored me to further in my studies by paying the registration fee for the MSC Business College to become an office management. Then my family was able to assist with the monthly instalment owed. I worked very hard in 2013 and got very good marks. This year, MSC Business College awarded me with a bursary to continue with my studies in office management for another year. I have also registered with Pulse Ad Agency for modelling in Cape Town and hope to be on magazines and television as well.
My experience at MissWrite by Sibongile Ndaliso
I had a great time at MissWrite last year in 2013. We had great workshops. It was really fun. At MissWrite I learnt to be open and honest with myself. I learnt to write poems that have a message or a meaning. I also learnt a lot of different skills of writing. I was also taught to be confident and to be a go-getter, if I have dreams then I must work hard to achieve them. I was also taught to be responsible. I have really learnt a lot at MissWrite.
Thank you Kerry and friends!