Girl becomes the first in her family to go to university, all thanks to a mining company

Girl becomes the first in her family to go to university, all thanks to a mining company

A young woman named Jessie Nandhaza Masimula was the first in her family to go study further at a university, and she did it with the help of a local mining company.

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The International Council of Mining and Metals shared Jessie's story on their Youtube page.

"Jessie grew up in a township called Phola where there is a high rate of unemployment. Helped by Glencore’s eLearning courses, she is now the first person in her family to go to university and her future prospects are bright." the description of her video read.

The 18-year-old said it was frighting to move from a rural area to the city, where she would live alone- without her mom.

Masimula has two brothers and one sister, who live with their unemployed mother. Prior to doing the eLearning course, Masimula's grades were not great.

However, after starting the course, which was launched by Glencore, her grades picked up and she received 75% and in science she scored 83%.

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The eLearning course helped her graduate high school and now she's studying towards a Civil Engineering degree at Wits University.

She dreams of completing her studies and starting up her own business, where she can employ people from Phola who struggle due to unemployment.

"When I finish university, I want to change Phola. I want people at my place where I grew up to have jobs.", she said.

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