From cleaner to teacher: Avril Martin finished top of her class

From cleaner to teacher: Avril Martin finished top of her class

- Avril came top of her class at the age of 52 and is pursuing her dream to teach

- It was when she was working as a cleaner at a school that she was motivated by the principle to further her education and become a teacher

- Avril hopes to limit the drop out rate by creating strong foundations for children

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It is so heart-warming to witness someone with so much passion and love for children.

She was previously a cleaner at a crèche and now one of the top students in her Early Childhood Development (ECD) studies.

Avril Martin is a 52-year-old mother and grandmother that has spent the past 18 months with her head in her study books to pursue a teacher’s diploma.

Avril has not missed one class and her goal is to achieve an 85% average in all her subjects.

Avril grabbed her certificate and medal this week at graduation. She is looked upon with so much pride from her community, reported the Daily Voice.

Avril studied at the College of Cape Town for ECD studies. She attended class with more than 300 students and she is older by a large margin. The Hanover Park ouma was name the top Level 4 student in her class.

Blomvlei Rising Stars Football Club is responsible for hosting regular tournaments in order to keep children off the streets. Avril is, like so many other parents, involved with the club.

When speaking about her award, Avril said she is very happy and now she is looking at getting her diploma to assist in educating her community.

She added that the children in the Hanover Park area need to be educated in order for them to better their futures.

Avril then went to Steers Educare and got employment as a cleaner. She earned a mere R680 a month.

She highlighted that even though she was just a cleaner, she loved children and always aspired to be a teacher. The principal of the school, Melissa Phillips, told Avril that she must go ahead and peruse her dream. The school gave her a learner-ship and Avril went on to complete her studies. learnt that the high percentage of children who are dropping out of school was a big concern for Avril. Avril said that the reason for this is, that many of the children do not receive a concrete foundation when starting school.

Gangsterism is plaguing Hanover Park, and the people of the era need to see that this is caused by the large number of children who are dropping out of school and seeking entertainment and livelihoods elsewhere.

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This brings to mind the story of Palacios who grew up in poverty in a remote village and never went to school. She went to fulfill her dream.

Avril feels that by not recieving the right foundation, these children have then left school. Her goal is to make young people extremely educated so that they stay in school and gain a better future for themselves.

Avril is a true inspiration and a great example to these young children.

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