Shital plans to use all her hard work to inspire her daughter and help her step-daughters achieve their goals.
Many ABE learners have inspiring stories to tell. One such person is ABE Level 6 graduate, Shital, who has shown exceptional dedication to learning. Here's her story:
Although it was financially difficult, Shital was able to go to the UK for further studies but sadly had to return to Zambia before completing due to her father's ill health. After her father passed away, Shital was determined to complete her studies as he would have wanted and also to leave a legacy of the importance of education for her own daughter. To this end, she managed to finish her studies through ABE by self-study and a lot of commitment as she works full-time, is a carer for her elderly mother-in-law and family and has a young daughter to look after.
Her exceptional commitment to study meant that she got up at 3am to practise and read. Even getting stuck in traffic was used as an opportunity to dig out study cards and remember what she had learned the night before. Every evening was spent reading at least a chapter and any day that was missed was made up by doubling the study time the next day. Social events were all cancelled unless it was family or after an exam week. The only breaks she took from June 2014 to December 2017 were the two weeks after writing exams.
Because she could not work a full day and study (with the additional responsibility of being a wife and mother), Shital took a lower paying job, worked through lunch so she could leave an hour early and care for her family before spending the evening studying. All the subjects she undertook were almost identical to her real work and she enthusiastically applied her learning to her work life and expanded the mindset of her employers.
Shital now plans put all this hard work to good use and help her step-daughters achieve their goals. Her oldest step-daughter has an event planning company and another has aspirations to own a pre-school for young learners.
Today, she thinks of how proud her father would have been to see his daughter achieve what he had always wanted for his children. She also thinks of her family as she works to build a better life for her young daughter.