We were delighted to catch up with a past student, Boitumelo Motaung who had an incredible and unique journey with us at Sparrow Schools. This lovely, bright young man started his studies at Sparrow Schools in 1996 and has come so far to overcome many challenges in his early life…
Boitumelo was raised by his grandmother in the township, Thokoza and experienced challenges with his education because English was not his first language. Despite the challenges Boitumelo faced due to his learning difficulties and his unsettled home life, the school and Sparrow’s Learner Support Unit were able to support his remedial, emotional and psychological needs.
The school not only equipped Boitumelo with an immense amount of knowledge and skills but he also had opportunities that were not possible for most young people from his township. Boitumelo’s talent in the school’s choir meant he was selected to travel to the United Kingdom in 2002 and 2004 as part of the Sparrow Choir Tour.
In 2007, Boitumelo was employed by Sparrow Schools as a drama teacher and gained a great reputation at the school after he organised many successful drama productions at the Sparrow. Boitumelo is now working in Pretoria, for SAPS (South African Police Service) in the logistics department, which he finds both exciting and challenging,
however he is passionate about supporting children with learning difficulties, especially wanting to help those who come from townships and has expressed willingness to become an ambassador for Sparrow Schools in order to promote Educate-a-Child. This vital programme finds sponsors who will give financial support to disadvantaged children at Sparrow who cannot afford basic educational resources and remedial education they desperately require.
“I believe that parents and guardians need to be more aware of their children’s learning difficulties so their children can get specialised remedial assistance like the support I received at Sparrow… I am very thankful for the opportunities provided by Sparrow Schools.”
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