EDUCATION IS LIFE
A STORY ABOUT SELENA
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When I was three years old, my mother and father became sick and died, and I went to live in Choma with my auntie. My auntie was not kind to me–she mistreated me. She told me that even if I prayed, God would not listen to me.
So when I was eight,
I left and went to live with my grandmother.
She paid my school fees until grade seven, but then she said she could not pay them anymore, so I could not go to school. No one in my family has ever gone past grade nine and I thought, now I won’t even make it that far.
But then a representative from Poetice International came to my house and said that she could find a way to pay my school fees. Oh, I was so happy and so light! Even when I think about it now, I start to cry because I am so happy.
I went back to school and I took my exams to qualify for grade eight. I passed my exams with the highest score in the Southern Province.
BEAT THE BOYS!
I did not know it, but the Poetice International representatives were talking with my teachers about a scholarship for me. When she came and told me that I was being given a scholarship, I could not even believe it–it was too amazing to be true! A scholarship means that I can finish school, that I can have a life.
EDUCATION IS LIFE.
If you are educated, you can work and do what you want. Me, I want to be a nurse. I want to build a big house where I can live with my grandmother and my young sisters. I want to help people, to look after them and give them medical treatment when they are sick. I want to be a healer. I pray that God will continue to give me the knowledge and desire to help.
My name is
& I am learning.