Each one, teach one

“I believe that children are our future,” the opening line to hitmaker Whitney Houston’s song ‘Greatest love of all’. The message in the song promotes believing in children so that they in turn may believe in themselves.

This is exactly what local young men, Ngcebo Mkhize and Njabulo Zulu, who started tutoring classes that cater for children in all grades in Bhekuzulu hopes to achieve.

“A parent approached me last year asking for advice on how they could help their child enjoy doing their homework in order for them as a parent to make things easier for the child,” said Ngcebo Mkhize one of the young men who founded the tutoring classes.

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Ngcebo, who is a teacher by profession, started looking into ways that he could help this child. Through referals, more children started attending these “classes” and soon they had a garage full of young minds helping one another through homework.

“Once we saw that the garage could no longer hold the number of children, we approached Sipho Mbatha, who is the war room conveyor in Bhekuzulu Old Location and asked him if we could use the war room for our classes,” said Ngcebo.

The group then formed a network where pupils from different schools could get together and help each other out with homework.

Initially, the main focus of the classes was Maths, Physics and English, but as more young people joined, the group decided to accommodate everyone.

The team has started a book club for the parents and they are hoping that they can incorporate discussing issues that affect young people in the township as a means to improve living conditions for the youth.

“I often see children standing outside the war room smoking marijuana when I go there to open up and I’m really concerned about that as I’m afraid they might influence these young people we are trying to keep off the streets,” he said.

Despite facing some challenges, these young men are determined to improve the lifestyle in their community and what they can to promote the culture of literature by encouraging people to use their spare time wisely by getting educated.

Sine Thwala

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