“Coming from a disadvantaged background, it can be difficult to be confident and really aim to achieve high.
“These learners need the support and skills that will help them dream big and achieve their goals,” said the founder of BUA Peter Mbimala.
BUA was launched early in October and the aim of the programme is to empower learners with skills and qualities that will help them achieve their full potential.
Peter, who is a former learner of Bertrams Junior School, said the school has played a big role in his foundation education and he wants to give back to the school.
“The school is and will always be a part of me. It taught me how to read, write and even how to speak English.
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“The basic moral and ethical codes that were instilled in me have shaped me to be the person I am today,” said Peter.
The learner from the class of 2005 who has helped the school in areas that they don’t have resources said BUA is inspired by lack of skill development in the school.
“I work closely with the learners and saw that they needed that extra help in public speaking and life skills,” explained Peter.
BUA classes are Friday afternoons at Bertrams Junior and are currently focused on the senior phase learners only.
“During classes we encourage learners to participate in different activities.
“Active learner participation is crucial in improving self-confidence,” said Peter.
The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, recently visited the school and was impressed by the work the school has done with the little resources they had.
“To see a school with so little aiming so high for it learners it’s truly inspiring. I’m happy to see former learners like Peter coming back to the school and giving back and bridging the gap that the department sometimes can’t reach,” said Motshekga.
She said the BUA programme can play a crucial role in improving the learner’s foundation education.
“A proper foundation is important to a learner’s life because it will determine the future. Reading and writing is important and if BUA can also encourage that skill it will be playing a vital role in the learner’s life,” said Motshekga.
BUA has partnered with students from Wits University who assist with the classes.
Peter said he would like to see the programme grow and benefit other disadvantaged schools.
“I would like to see the programme grow to other schools. Disadvantage schools need extra support. To have such a programme will benefit learners to aim high in their education and future,” said Peter.