On Saturday 19 September, Student Sponsorship Programme (SSP) held their 2017 intake annual exams where shortlisted grade six scholars who applied for the five year scholarships at some of South Africa most prestigious high schools were invited to write. The exams were held at Parktown Girls’ High School in Parkview.
Five hundred brilliant young minds and South Africa’s future leaders showed up in the early morning, braving the cold. Each individual was eager to prove that they were the most excellent scholar yet! At only twelve years of age, they all knew exactly what was at stake. There was a hunger and drive that is rare to find even amongst the most influential adults today. These children believed in themselves and their ability to change their lives. They seemed to understand that the future of this country belonged to them and they yearned to become effectors of that change.
On the other side were the parents and teachers. Their shared anxiety, hopes and dreams for their children brought them together. They shared their challenges and aspirations and cheered each other’s children on. They understood too well, the value of receiving quality education and they only want the best for their children. The highlight of the day was when the first examination session ended, the future leaders walked out and heard the community of parents, teachers and their peers clapping and ululating for them. The emotion cannot be explained. Their faces lit up, some smiled and laughed, some sobbed but they all had a great sense of achievement. The beauty was that this sense was given by the people who matter most at these stage of their lives; their parents and teachers.
It is a great honour for Student Sponsorship Programme to have an opportunity to engage with these young great minds. Student Sponsorship Programme is grateful to our sponsors, partner schools, mentors, the media and all contributors for enabling us to make an impact in our communities. Your support enables SSP to develop these scholars potential through academic excellence and inspire hope in the lives of so many South Africans. For more details about how you can get involved, visit our website www.ssp.org.za
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