Elderly learner, 88, furthers her education and inspires South Africans

Elderly learner, 88, furthers her education and inspires South Africans

- An 88-year-old woman has inspired South Africans with her story

- The gogo, who had been illiterate, started learning in 2017

- She has not stopped since and can now read and write

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A woman, Shimé Bezuidenhout‎, took to Facebook to share the inspiring story of Mrs Mosetse Ennie Ralakholela.

The 88-year-old gogo started grew up illiterate, not being able to attend school until 2017. According to Bezuidenhout's post, Ralakholela was born in 1931 at Grootvlei Farm, Ficksburg.

By the age of 25, she was married and ended up having seven children. However, times were tough and Ralakholela worked as a babysitter for the farm owner's children.

She worked at the farm for three decades, earning R50 a month in those days. Briefly.co.za gathered the gogo never had the opportunity to attend school and it left her unable to read and write.

That all changed when she started taking classes as part of the ABET programme at Botshabelo in September 2017.

Within two years, the programme taught Ralakholela to read, write and speak English. She hopes to be given a second opportunity to further her education even more.

Bezuidenhout ended the post with:

"She asked that we will proceed with the programme as the community is showing more interest after they realised Mosetse can read, write and speak in English. She’ll never forget the wonderful lady who helped her grow. Her patience, commitment and dedication towards an 88-year-old learner."
Elderly learner, 88, furthers her education and inspires South Africans

Mosetse Ennie Ralakholela started attending classes in 2017 and she has not stopped learning since. Photo credit: Shimé Bezuidenhout/Facebook.
Source: Facebook

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Ralakholela's story proved it's never too late to start following one's dreams and it inspired South Africans.

Rose Kemp commented:

"Gosh gogo, you don't look 88. Your passion for life and determination have kept you young. All the best with your new learning and career. Congratulations."

Sharleen Gracie added:

"Well done gogo!"

Dewet En Tania Botha wrote:

"Wow! Respect for you gogo!"

Briefly.co.za previously reported on Andries Conradie, a 91-year-old man who obtained a obtained a doctorate degree in literature and philosophy.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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