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[media-credit name=”Image: Vanguard” align=”aligncenter” width=”250″][/media-credit]Why, at 42, I am in JSS1
Despite being discouraged Mrs. Juliana Godwin did not let her past and present conditions limit her form achieving that which she wanted to.
The 42-year-old mother of four who hails from Riyom in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State dropped out from LEA Primary School, Riyom in 1983 because of lack of funds has returned back to secondary school to further her education. She is currently the oldest in her class as she got admitted as a JSS1 student into a secondary school in Gosa, Abuja.
Being an industrious woman, she didn’t let the fact that she was initially a drop out weigh her down, she started by plaiting hair, to hawking of water in a basin in Gosa market and later got trained by a non-governmental organisation called Refocusing Nigerian Talents Organisation, RENITO, on how to produce soap (liquid, medicated and bar), and pomade and disinfectants. She used the money she made from this trades to assist her family and also to save for her education.
According to her “Now I can produce and sell the products I was trained on, and I started with N1, 500”, Mrs. Godwin narrated. I came to realize that the business was lucrative and helpful to me and my family. I decided to make savings towards going back to school after I dropped out in 1983.
Her husband was against her going back to school, but being a determined woman she went against his wish and went ahead to forge her studies, she said she aims at studying marketing in the university, after she is done with her secondary school.
“Why I decided to start from JSSI was because I had never in my life stepped into the four walls of a secondary school. I told myself I will start from JSS I, as it will help me to have the foundation of secondary school education and to understand what I would be taught. I am the oldest person in the class of 80 students. I participate in every school activity, and I am happy with that. Even when I come late to school, the teachers do punish me just like other students, and I have no problem with that, but I do behave myself as an adult.”
When you are determined, you can achieve whatever you set out to do.
Just by the way, it would be good to interview her son and find out how he feels having his mum in the same class as he; knowing how mean kids can be, he is probably going to be teased by his classmates. Ah well…when he grows older he will realize that he has a mother he can be really proud of – that is if he doesn’t already know that.
Source Vanguard News
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