Moswane of­fers help to matrics

Grad­u­ate wants to as­sist learn­ers in poor, ru­ral ar­eas

Sowetan - - News - By Karabo Led­waba

A mas­ter’s grad­u­ate who wit­nessed his high school class­mate’s bat­tle to gain en­try to uni­ver­si­ties be­cause of a lack of re­sources and knowl­edge has writ­ten a learner guide book that has as­sisted over 140 ru­ral and town­ship schools. Ma­fule Moswane, 26, from Ga-Masemola in Lim­popo said many peo­ple who are priv­i­leged enough to have ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion on uni­ver­si­ties’ and ca­reer op­tions are ig­no­rant about the chal­lenges pupils in town­ship and ru­ral schools have to fur­ther their ed­u­ca­tion.

“It’s very easy for peo­ple to say ‘just Google’. You can’t Google some­thing when you don’t even know what you are look­ing for. Most of them have never had any­one in their fam­ily or even com­mu­nity that went to univer­sity.” He said when he was in his first year at Wits Univer­sity study­ing to­wards his un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree in ge­og­ra­phy and en­vi­ron­men­tal stud­ies, he was haunted by the school mates he had left be­hind. Moswane said he was also bat­tling with mov­ing from a school that taught in African lan­guages to a univer­sity space where ev­ery­thing was taught in English. He said he would be judged in his classes for speak­ing English that was not flu­ent.

“You find that you have the ques­tions in your mind but the English fails you. The sys­tem does not pre­pare you for this and I wanted to help those like me who would come to this en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

“In my sec­ond year, I started go­ing to dif­fer­ent schools to give them in­for­ma­tion about uni­ver­si­ties. I trav­elled to Lim­popo, Mpumalanga and the North West to spread the in­for­ma­tion,” he said. Moswane said these trav­els spurred him and his friend Clive Mosoane to start a non- profit or­gan­i­sa­tion called Fac­ulty of Best Ad­vi­sory, which was started in 2013 to as­sist and ad­vise un­der­priv­i­leged kids on how to find post-ma­tric op­por­tu­ni­ties and to pro­vide a sup­port sys­tem in uni­ver­si­ties all around the world by other univer­sity stu­dents.

“I started writ­ing in 2012, just my ex­pe­ri­ences and what I wanted to share with other peo­ple,” he said.

He said these writ­ings be­came two books: A Learner’s Guide to Aca­demic Suc­cess and a book of short sto­ries named Ka­t­rina, and other un­told sto­ries that are pub­lished through the foun­da­tion’s club read­er­ship pro­gramme. Moswane said the chal­lenges high school learn­ers face are deeper than ap­ply­ing on time, but also knowl­edge on how ad­mis­sion point scores (aps) are counted to qual­ify for cer­tain de­grees and fi­nanc­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion fee. He said he has seen a lot of dis­ap­pointed school kids who did not know they needed cer­tain av­er­ages and sub­jects for cer­tain de­grees. Moswane said he has been in­spired and en­cour­aged by the likes of the Univer­sity of Cape Town’s Vice-Chan­cel­lor Mamokheti Phak­eng.

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Ma­fule Moswane with the two books that he has writ­ten to help matrics.

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