Hi! My name is Sisa Ntshwaqela. I live in Khayelitsha, the biggest township in the city of Cape Town, South Africa. I grew up here and did all my schooling years here, from pre-school to secondary school. When I finished high school it was a struggle for me to find work that I believed in. Deep down I knew I wanted to make the world a better place and add value to my community, so I studied short entrepreneurial courses for three years in order to teach myself what I needed to know to start taking action.
Entrepreneurship was enjoyable, but I found that the business side was difficult for me. I was not passionate about the pursuit of profit.
Life started to make sense in 2014, when I co-founded a non-profit organization called Have Fun. An educational project that helps children learn through play. The difference it made to the lives of the children we worked with, filled me with joy. Their eyes shone and in turn, they healed my own wounds – I felt completely fulfilling in serving others.
But now I need your support…
Last year I worked as an Art Therapist assistant at Zenzeleni Waldorf school https://www.freunde-waldorf.de/en/waldorf-worldwid.... Veronika Zwipf, the founder of the Art Therapy project http://www.ukubona.org/de/ and a friend I worked with had herself been to a Waldorf school. I knew nothing about the education, but I fell in love with it, for it’s creativity and how it looked at the development of the child as a whole being. Not just a brain!
This year I enrolled in a Waldorf institution: Centre for Creative Education http://www.cfce.org.za/cfce/ one of the few in South Africa, based in Cape Town. The year has been fulfilling, there is so much I have learnt about the Waldorf approach. The artistic classes, the music lessons and the focus on nature as a way of teaching.
I need your support because personally I have had a difficult time – I have really struggled financially throughout the year. I struggled to pay my tuition fee which has been promised to the institution. I had days where I couldn’t make it to class because I didn’t have money for transport. And I could not afford many of the resources I needed for classes.
These hindrances drained me emotionally and mentally and exhausted me physically. I couldn’t focus on my studies to the extent that I wanted to. The money issues always occupied a big part of my mind – and now I’m worried about the coming three years. I’m afraid of being financial excluded from this course.
I need your support to survive these three years of study. The money will help me focus on my academics, be able to buy the stationary that I will need, and to buy the weekly bus ticket to be in class every day of school. I believe that I can be an influential figure in combatting the flawed education in South Africa. There is only a few Waldolf higher institutions in South Africa, which I feel is a tragedy. I want to see many more smiling children who are learning the necessary tools needed to thrive in our changing world.
Your support will not only help me, but will create impact in the revolution that creative and diverse education will bring to South Africa and its citizens, now and in the future.