Patricia Zanele Ndlazi has achieved her greatest dream by qualifying as a foundation phase teacher, working into her fifties to get her diploma.


Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal – Patricia Zanele Ndlazi has been working at the Empangeni High School for the last thirteen years. When she wasn’t hard at work doing her day job, she was studying hard to complete her National Professional Diploma in Education. Patricia has been employed as a household aid for the boys’ hostel.

Recently she completed her diploma and is now able to become a foundation phase teacher. Foundation phase covers grades one to three. As she is in her fifties, she is hoping to start teaching children before she is set to retire.

It was one of her greatest dreams to become a teacher. She never gave up and has become a beacon of hope for older South Africans who have yet to achieve their life-long goals. Patricia is proof of that with a little bit of hard work, anything is possible.

Now that she has received her diploma, her next big dream is to teach children before she retires.

“She is an excellent example to all and has motivated her colleagues to take education seriously. Her dream is to teach learners before she retires.” – Empangeni High School

Patricia is a mother of two and grandmother. It took her five years to complete her qualification. She was tired of cleaning and wanted to do something meaningful with the working years she has left.

“She said that she was tired of cleaning and wanted to make a difference. Teaching would help her accomplish that!” – Julie da Silva, Marketing Officer at Empangeni High School

You can check out the Empangeni High School Facebook page to keep up to date with Patricia’s story. If you are interested in offering her a position, let us know, and we will put you in contact.

Sources: Good Things Guy Interview
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