YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD TO STUDY
By: Nkosinathi Dube
Having a formal education can open the doors of opportunity, regardless of age.
A living testimony to this is Thabile Gloria Langa, 42, of Philani Valley in uMlazi, who recently obtained a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of South Africa.
The married mother of two left her job as a quality controller for a packing company, which she held for 15 years, to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher.
As a teenager growing up in the township, Langa always had a dream to further her studies, but she could not because there wasn’t enough funds to do so.
At that time Langa had three younger siblings and they were raised by their father after their mother passed away in a car accident a couple of years ago.
“Being a wife and a mother is challenging, let alone when you are also working,” said Langa. “But my tough upbringing and life experience enabled me to absorb all the pressure I could handle.”
Langa got her first job at 20 and two years later she got married. Speaking at her graduation ceremony, Sbusiso Langa, 47, Thabile’s husband of 17 years said that he
was a bit sceptical about his wife wanting to study.
“I had my doubts as to who was going to look after our children as they are still in school and I also
have a demanding job as a police officer,” Sbusiso stated. “But being a supportive husband, I had to stand by her decision.”
Langa’s siblings and friends admire her strength and resilience.
“She has worked really hard. It is no child’s play to raise two kids and study at the same time. She had to be strong as an Ox. I have never heard her complain yet apart from studing she is a mother and a wife. She is so special,” said her friend Nana Ngema.
“We look up to her as our big sister. She is a role model. Our sister is brave, smart and polite, she is a
lady,” said her sister Nomusa Dludla.
Langa said that her perseverance and determination was proof that you are never too old to achieve your goals and has been using her story to encourage other women to follow their dreams.
“I have learnt that a dream does not go away unless you make it come true,” she said