By Roger Badimanye Batena, LEAP Learning Centre Tutor
My life in South Africa has been as challenging as it has been fascinating. Above all however, I owe my entire career life in South Africa to LEAP. The LEAP Learning Centre initiated me into the teaching experience in South Africa, giving me a chance to immerse myself in the ministry of educating the country and integrating within South African society. LEAP gave me a chance to explore my own potential and understand my own calling in a way I never would have known.
Different skill set
As a foreigner, I arrived with a useful but different set of skills that LEAP appreciated and modelled, making it relevant to the South African environment. I have blossomed and found confidence to impact passionately on the learners. LEAP was a major stepping stone for me to be recognised by and sought by other schools.
At LEAP I have not only benefited from the immense experience of some of the most respected and dedicated educators I have ever met but also learnt commitment to the calling of teaching, in the most selfless of ways. The sensitive character of LEAP principles guarantees every child a more equal future regardless of their background, and because of that, I also believe in a more just society where everybody is equal and has equal chances going forward.
From this school, I see that education is a calling to focus on the future, and with that belief I have hope for my own country and for Africa as a whole. A more equal society is not a dream but a possibility. I have the privilege to be an active part of this positive future.
Thank you to LEAP Learning Centre, LEAP staff and supporters; and particularly to John Gilmour and David Finnemore for this unforgettable opportunity.