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You are never too old to learn

Written by Galoome Shopane

Obtaining a matric certificate was a far-fetched dream for Matshediso Masapo (71) who grew up in the farming community of Excelsior in the Free State.

Today Masapo is now one step closer to achieving his life-long dream after registering at the Botshabelo Adult Learning Centre to pursue his matric.

Masapo is pursuing his dream even with the responsibilities that come with being a parent and a provider. 

“My love for education is so much that I can’t just give up,” explained Masapo

He explained that he has faced many challenges that forced him to leave school every time he went back.

Among those included having to provide for his family and being questioned by his farm employers what he wanted to do with education during the apartheid era.

Masapo said at times he used to feel bad that he didn’t follow through with his dream earlier, but he’s now more motivated to finish the race he began more than five decades ago.

As a father of three, he admits that during the journey there was a time where he didn’t feel comfortable being taught or even tested by people who were young enough to be his children.

He adds that he has since developed respect for young people.

 “Education has been an eye-opener which has allowed me to improve my life, like opening and running a tuck shop in his community.

 “For me education is very important, because without it you can struggle endlessly,” he said.

A member of Botshabelo Writer’s Club, Masapo has written a Sesotho Novela titled, Thoteng Mora Tamolo which he self-published this year.

 “Part of the reason that I keep myself in a position where I am always learning is because I want to be an outstanding writer.”

Masapo is also a pig farmer and he plans to assist other pig farmers and work with them on how to properly run their businesses with what he has learnt at school.

Masapo will have to wait until September to receive his results which will determined if his dream has finally come true.