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Alle Suid-Afrikaners wil die land se jeug bemagtig sodat almal kan voordeel trek uit mense wat goed opgelei is, maar waar kry mens die geld vir hierdie opleiding? Spurgeon Haddon-Wilson vertel vir Naomi Meyer van Rachel's Angels.

Hallo Spurgeon, dankie vir die geleentheid tot gesprek. Vertel asseblief vir ons lesers van Rachel's Angels en wat julle doen. Wat ons hier by LitNet in die besonder interesseer, is julle sterk fokus op die hoër grade. Vertel asseblief vir ons waarom mentorsprogramme vir julle van belang is en watter programme julle aanbied?

Dankie vir hierdie geleentheid, Naomi – dit is altyd vir ons 'n voorreg om ons storie aan die publiek te vertel.

Rachel's Angels is in 2007 in die lewe geroep deur Koos Bekker (besturende direkteur van Naspers) en Rachel Jafta (professor in ekonomie aan die Universiteit Stellenbosch, asook direkteur van Naspers) met die doel om 'n bydrae te maak tot kwaliteit-onderrig in die Wes-Kaap. Koos en Rachel het die skokkende statistieke onder oë gekry dat baie leerders (veral in voorheen benadeelde gemeenskappe) ná graad 12 nie die geleentheid het om by tersiêre instansies te studeer nie (omdat baie nie kwalifiseer nie), en indien hulle wel die geleentheid kry, baie van hulle egter reeds in die eerste studiejaar onsuksesvol is. Dus is daar besluit om 'n mentorskapprogram onder die vaandel van Media24 op te rig en sodoende 'n bydra te lewer tot die holistiese ontwikkeling van ons skole, maar veral leerders in die Wes-Kaap. So het Rachel's Angels tot stand gekom.

I had the privilege of having an interview with one of our 7 Rachel's Angels. In an exclusive interview with Reshonda Lodewyk, I have learned the following.

The project is taking shape and Reshonda responds to my questions:
All identified learners are ready to commit and take part 100%

"We got the best news, we are going to attend a camp at Club Mykonos from 13 April - 15 April 2012, where we will meet up with our mentors from the University of Stellenbosch. (They are all active students and committed to this project.)

"Our mentors will then have the opportunity to get to know us and the purpose of it all is to develop our social skills, educational awareness as well as our emotional capacity to make informed decisions towards our future."

We received the letters late last week and we are so excited and we are humbled by this wonderful opportunity.

Reshonda says: "This opportunity has a big influence on how I feel about my normal school day. I am much more motivated about my school work and the opportunities that lie ahead.

We wish our 7 learners all the best of luck. This is surely an opportunity that must be cherished.

Reshonda Lodewyk Interview

The Kraaifontein community was up and about early Saturday morning as young and old made their way to the third Rachel's Angels Market day. The day started off with a 5km Fun Run which was opened by members of the local Santos Football Club. The Fun Run, themed Superheroes for our planet, was in support of the Earth Hour initiative and challenged all participants to come dressed as a superhero.

Kraaifontein 4Some of the interesting outfits included a suit made of newspaper and dresses from recycled plastic.

The SA's Got Talent finalist group, Limited Edition Drum Corps, started the day's festivities off with a bang. Performances from SAMA nominee singer and MC, Byron Clarke; SAMA winner, Axene; the jazz group, Blackkurrant; and the all girl group, La Vuvuzela; kept the crowd of 5 000 on their feet throughout the day. The stage came alive when local groups Execution, Evolution and SPG wowed the crowd with their hip-hop routines and daring moves.

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