Pityana encourages youth to overcome obstacles to success

Guiding Light: Dr Barney Pityana encourgaes the youth
Guiding Light: Dr Barney Pityana encourgaes the youth

Your circumstances should never be allowed to determine your future.

This is the word from the province’s College of Transfiguration rector, Dr Barney Pityana.

At a ceremony at St Stephen’s Anglican Church in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, yesterday, Pityana encouraged the youth to think about the kind of values they wanted to promote.

He was speaking at the church’s fifth annual Education Sunday.

Reverend Zweli Tom said they were also celebrating their partnership with Cowan High School.

“We started a partnership with Cowan in 2010 as it had a low matric result. We came up with ways to help support the school to produce better results.”

Pityana also applauded the church for promoting education.

“Today my role is to talk about the importance of school, home and church. We have to think about the kind of values we are promoting,” he said.

Pityana also shared his journey from primary school to high school. He said even though he studied for just six months at Cowan High School he still had good memories of his time there.

Pityana received a law degree from the University of South Africa in 1976 but was barred from practising law in Port Elizabeth by the apartheid government.

He is a lawyer and theologian and is active in human rights.

Grade 12 Cowan High pupil Mandilakhe Wota, 17, said Pityana’s speech had helped motivate the pupils.

Another Grade 12 pupil, Olwethu Kungisa, 16, said: “Today I know that trials and tribulations should be a stepping stone to my success. People should not wait for opportunities but instead create them.”

-Yoliswa Sobuwa 

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