‘’Part-time Continuing Education (PTCE) a path lighter for me” Nancy.
Nancy an 18year old adolescent girl with bright and sharp brains that are intellectual correct once lost all hope due to family’s financial constraints that saw her dropping out of school in 2015 whilst doing form at Murende Secondary School in Bindura. This event hit her hard as she had to stay home knowing that she does not belong home but in school. Nancy had to live her life in shambles whilst seeing her dream to pursue her education which would award her a chance to escape poverty fade way. Upon dropping out of school she migrated to Harare Mbare where her family resides (mother, father and a sibling doing grade 1).
Fortunately during one of home visits of Chiedza’s beneficiaries in Mbare by Case Care Workers, Nancy’s mother had a chance to explain her child’s plight and was referred to Chiedza for assistance. Chiedza child protection department assessed Nancy’s situation and according to the vulnerability assessment scale she qualified to be assisted. She was enrolled in the PTCE and placed in the level 2 class (form 3). She had to do six subjects of her choice which she believed she would pass. Fortunately Chiedza had been receiving fund from The Egmont Trust to sponsor this cause and this assisted in Nancy’s exam registration fees to sit for November 2017 public examinations.
Nancy have always been wishing to enroll for Advanced level studies which would allow her to enter university if she passes. After collecting her results, Nancy did Chiedza proud by passing 5 subjects out of the six subjects she wrote. “I have always wanted to make my teachers and parents proud by being the most disciplined student. I managed to evade peer pressure and pursue my studies as I know my background is not interesting”, said Nancy. She is looking forward to begin her Advanced level studies in March 2018 doing humanities which she believe are her strength lies.
Leaving a word for her colleagues, she advised them to focus on their studies and put aside everything that will distract their focus towards education. “Dating does not matter when you are from a disadvantaged background, because once you get impregnated it’s over and poverty will be your friend till death” said Nancy.
“Yes it’s possible with hard work”, Nancy.