Jaden Corker is a second-year university student who wants to graduate so he can teach high school education. But he is already working to ensure young people have access to better education. During the pandemic, Corker sent an email to the Western Cape department of education and asked if he could volunteer at a school in the area, tutoring the matrics in mathematics. Corker was appointed as an education assistant as part of the presidential employment initiative. He is now a grade eight and nine mathematics tutor, all the while keeping up with his academic studies. Corker says his proudest moments are seeing his learners’ faces light up whenever he walks into class, and seeing them dedicated to their mathematics. He says: “I want every child in South Africa to take responsibility for their education, and remove the stigma behind maths being a ‘difficult’ subject.”
As long as you are disciplined and make the necessary sacrifices, it will all work out.