Introducing myself and my journal: the pain and joy of being a worker and a student

Posted March 4, 2014 from Botswana

About Me: I am a teacher in a primary school in Botswana.I am the president of Botswana Primary Teachers Union,Im the secretary general of Botswana Counselling Association.I am a divorced mother of 3.Two daughters and one son who is down syndrome but very naughty and such a joy to my life.Currently im on study leave doing my degree on guidance and counselling at the university of Botswana and im doing my final year.I am a christian . I had a very trying time going through a divorce and relocating with my children from the village where i was eaching to the city.I opted to stay off camphus as i was coming to stay also with my children.University offers accomodation only to the student not the family.So the first year everything was fine and life became tough the second year as i was earning half my salary education policy.It was difficult to make ends meet ,what with an ex husband who did not pay for maintenance of the children.Despite all this challenges i have made it im about to complete varsity and hope to enroll for my masters programme.

My Passions: drawing,church

My Challenges: financial

My Vision for the Future: to be the best mother i can

My Areas of Expertise: counselling,art

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  • kateindc
    Mar 04, 2014
    Mar 04, 2014

    It is inspiring to hear how you have faced the challenges of being a mother, student, and teacher all at once. Thank you for sharing your story!

  • sue burnett
    Mar 04, 2014
    Mar 04, 2014

    Thank you for sharing your courageous story about going back to school, while managing the responsibility of being a mother of three children. I can understand that it has been a mixture of pain and joy as you have faced financial challenges and other issues. Being a single mother, it must have been hard to move your three children from your village so that you could attend the university. What a shame that the university housing did not permit families to live there. You didn't let that stop you. In America there is a saying, "Where there is a will, there is a way." You obviously have a very strong will and determination.

    I wonder if your family and friends have supported you tin taking on this big challenge of continuing your education. Could you use another person to be a friend and encourage you? I would be happy to be a person that you could talk to about the good times and the difficult times. It sounds like you are nearing the end of your second year of study, and you must continue to believe in yourself and finish your program.

    Your story reminded me of my own mother who was divorced and returned to college to earn a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and later a Master's Degree in Social Work. It took her a long time because she worked full-time as a nurse and could only take one class at a time. I remember being very proud of my mother when she went back to school, and I know your children must be proud of you.

    I am a recently retired teacher so I have more spare time this year. My career was spent empowering women, training teachers and staff on computers and purchasing and repairing computers for my school. I would be happy to give you moral support or proofread your papers for school. I will give you my email address below if you would prefer to contact me directly.

    You are a wonderful role model for your children, showing them that you value education. I admire you and hope that the remainder of your school year goes well.

    Sue Burnett

  • Raquel Jacobs
    Mar 07, 2014
    Mar 07, 2014

    Dear Friend, You are welcome to World Pulse community. Feel free to explore....

    I look forward to hearing more from you on WorldPulse.

    Sisterly, Raquel