17 November 2018


Security officer chasing the teaching dream

by: Kagiso Metswamere   date: 08 june 2018

Security Officer, Caroline Tshilo’s dissatisfaction with just securing a job has seen her taking a drastic action to better develop herself and improve her life. She’s a teacher by day and a security guard while fellow trainee teachers are enjoying a rest. 
The 33-year-old resident of Setlagole village, about 70 kilometres from Mahikeng in the Ratlou Local Municipality, told Semphete this week that her poorer background would not discourage her from becoming a professional teacher as she will soon be completing studies towards her Bachelor of Arts in Education degree through University of South Africa (UNISA). 
Tshilo is passionate about education and helping people, particularly the youth in her community.
She could not fulfil her dream of studying immediately after passing Grade 12 because her unemployed parents could not afford to finance her tertiary education fees.
Instead of complaining and giving up on her dreams, she did short computer courses, trained as a  security guard in Mahikeng and looked for employment in her community.
She also completed a certificate with UNISA in ABET education in 2015. 
Sharing her journey and future plans with Semphete, Tshilo said she has gone through some rough patches in life, in an attempt to achieve her plans while at the same time taking care of her family of nine that includes her parents. 
“I am currently working on completing my BA in Education, which I started in 2016, doing practical work at Thutlwana Primary School during the day and working night shifts as a security officer.
“It is not easy doing this because I rest less, but it is worth it as I know that God will one day help me to get a permanent job so that I can be able to take care of my family,” she said.
She said with the little money she makes as a security officer, she still takes care of her family, including a sister who is at college in Gauteng.
“I am a bread winner at home and imagine with a little salary of less than R4000 from work I do pay for my educations fees, take care of my family and my sister who is schooling in Gauteng now,” she explained.
Tshilo said her motivation comes from the understanding that God always helps people who work hard to fulfil their own destinies, no matter how difficult things can be in life. 
“I could have been like many other young people in my community who are unemployed and doing nothing, but I refused and decided to do something about my life, hence all the efforts you see me taking to enhance my skills.
“I do have faith and believe that after all the hard work and the compromises I put towards my studies and my life, one day things will work out better for me,” she said.