Four learners from Tsoseletso High School in Bloemanda, Bloemfontein, will be travelling abroad to work on their skills to help make the world a better place. Passionate German teacher at Tsoseletso, Elna van Rensburg, told Bloemfontein Courant that three of the learners will be visiting Germany for three weeks while the other one will be spending her two weeks in Ghana.
“The three students will first make their way to the German Institute in Johannesburg where they will receive some extra training and thereafter make their way to Giengen, then to Berlin, and finally Dresden,” Van Rensburg said.
Van Rensburg has been a teacher at the school for about 17 years and is ecstatic about the chance given to these young individuals. She said it opens a new world of opportunities for them. Tsoseletso’s grade 11 pupils took part in a competition on “What I want to change for the future” and saw three of their learners turning out winners, which resulted in them having the opportunity to visit other countries.
The 16-year-old Matshediso Mogotsi, who will be travelling to Ghana for two weeks, said she is very excited as it will be her first time boarding a plane. “This will be my first time travelling and leaving the country. I am excited to see what Ghana has to offer,” she said.
Kekeletso Mogotsi, one of the students travelling to Germany, said she is keen to learn about the different cultures as well as meeting new people. Another student, Mpho Siphesihle Mabeta, who will also be travelling to Germany, told Bloemfontein Courant she thinks it will be an amazing trip. “I started taking German as a subject because my brother took it and I really started enjoying it. I enjoy learning about other cultures, especially Germany, and I am looking forward to the trip so much.”
Van Rensburg told Bloemfontein Courant that the learners will have classes every day to improve their skills in German and will also be attending other workshops as well partake in sports.
“Over the many years learners of our school had this wonderful opportunity, they always return so independent. I believe these programmes will play a major role in their future,” Van Rensburg concluded.
PIERCE VAN HEERDEN