Joy Adams, a resident of Heidedal, took it upon herself to address a need for educational support in the community during the Covid-19 pandemic by starting her own aftercare and tutoring centre.
“During the pandemic I saw the plea of parents in the community and it broke my heart. They needed assistance as their children were not going to school for the first part of lockdown, and later on they only went once or twice a week. This became a huge concern for the parents.
“I decided to assist one or two parents with their kids and the progress was amazing. Word spread around and that is when I started advertising. Joyful Aftercare and Tutoring moved from my home to a bigger and better facility with the help of Rushny Kruger, principal of the Happy Finches ECD Centre,” said Adams.
Adams has a deep love for and understanding of children and teaching. She believes that the children in the community need love and most importantly support.
“They need someone who will believe in them and show them that they can achieve anything they put their mind to. I honestly strive to make a difference in the lives of the children in my community and I also want to be the one person they can turn to when feeling overwhelmed.”
Her goal for 2022 is to make a change in the learners’ attitudes towards education. “I really want to assist more learners, especially the ones who cannot afford something like aftercare and tutoring but really needs it. Unfortunately it’s a bit difficult now as I must do everything out of my own pocket. However, I know and I am positive that by the end of the year I would have at least assisted some of them. My motto: It always seem impossible until it’s done,” she concluded.