- Maureen earned her teaching degree in 2015
- At age 60, she's still going strong as a teacher
- She even plans to enrol for a masters degree
60-year-old teacher Maureen Mtshali, from Duduza in Gauteng, is living proof that it's never too late to achieve your dreams.
The determined woman enrolled for her Bachelor of Education degree well into her 50s and graduated in May 2015, Briefly.co.za gathered.
Prior to that, she had worked as an administrator for 25 years before retiring. She then began facilitating HIV workshops at her local clinic before her son urged her to study.
Speaking to africanreporter.co.za, Maureen said:
When I started my degree, I didn’t even think that anyone would hire me. I just knew I had to do it.
Many people said there would be no point to my qualification because I would retire soon after I get it. I don’t think I was strong, but it was all God.
The dedicated teacher is keen to take her studies further:
This is my second year as a teacher at Mamosa Educational Institute and I will soon pursue my honours degree. I don’t think that anything can stand in my way.
She added that the memory of her son, who went missing soon after she started studying and hasn't been found since, spurred her on.
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Maureen regularly shares her own experience to urge others to pursue their dreams, no matter their circumstances. She explained:
There is no reason why you should give up on your life because of circumstances. As long as you are still alive, you can reach your dreams.
She also plans to enrol for her masters degree soon.
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