‘Self Help’ at hand for those wanting to finish matric

A group of young people who, for different reasons, had not been able to matriculate, held a valedictory and graduation ceremony at Cedar High School of Arts, in Rocklands on Saturday May 7.

Now, with the celebrations behind them, they are preparing to complete their exams during the rest of this month, and next.

Among them are people who dropped out of high school or did not pass their matric exam.

Matriculants wrote their mathematics exam on Friday May 13 at Lentegeur High School.

Through the intervention of an organisation called Self Help, they have another chance to get their National Senior Certificate.

The organisation’s founder is Anthena Barry of Woodlands, who was also the guest speaker at the ceremony.

Like many children in her community, said Ms Barry, she had grown up in a single-parent household and had struggled to finish matric. Knowing that her situation was not unique, she decided to help others achieve their dreams of matriculating from high school. So, she started Self Help.

The group who graduated recently had attended classes, hosted by Self Help, at Cedar High School of Arts in Rocklands. The organisaton also helped the participants register as private candidates for the full-accredited exam.

Ms Barry said it’s never too late to learn and improve one’s circumstances. “With great sacrifice comes great rewards. It’s within one’s own power to make a success of one’s life, but you must work hard to achieve your goals. Through helping yourself, you will gain pride and commitment to yourself and your goals,” she said.

Among the programme’s success stories are Aidan Botha, a Self Help graduate who wrote the June exams last year, and is now studying engineering at False Bay TVET College; and Natalie Groenevelt who obtained three distinctions while upgrading her Grade 12 results last November. Both said they were delighted to have made it this far.

False Bay College in Mitchell’s Plain also stepped in to help, by conducting a study methods workshop for the participants.

Ward 75 councillor Joan Woodman said she was proud of all of the Self Help students.

For more information follow the Self Help Facebook page or contact Elton Barry on 083 495 1977 or call Cedar High School of Arts on 021 392 5737.