We are so proud of our class of 2013 Alumna Lebohang Thobakgale who is now studying to be a Clinical Associate at the University of Pretoria. It was so lovely to catch up with Lebo over lunch at the University's Medical School. No doubt university is tough, but Lebo is certainly up for the challenge and has a resilience that will see her achieve all of her dreams.
We all know that there are many financial challenges for black and underprivileged students at universities - hence #FeesMustFall, and it will take a while for government and the private sector to get together enough resources to support those students, like Lebo, who continue to strive against all odds in this tough environment. The aim of Transitions Foundation is to support young people in making the transitions and decisions that they are faced with daily in navigating the journey to ultimate freedom for both themselves and their families. This support goes well beyond maths and science tutoring, but also includes the kind of career guidance that is real and tangible, such as assistance with applications to both universities and bursaries.
At this time of year, our current grade 12 class is faced with this particular task - to ensure entry into a tertiary programme of their choosing, and access financial resources to fund their studies. As Transitions Foundation, we recommit ourselves to not only ensuring that our learners pass matric, but to doing all that we can to support them in accessing post-matric opportunities that they wish for. We are so proud of Lebo for persevering against all odds, and we wish her everything of the best on her journey towards her goals.