Thulani Madondo

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Noah Old
Helen Molanphy
English 111
November 7, 2012

Thulani Madondo and the Kliptown Youth Program
In the United States of America, education is seen as a right. Many even believe that it is their obligation, however, drop out rates in the United States are up and our country’s education system is failing. Many high school graduates still cannot spell much less use proper grammar. However, in impoverished countries such as South Africa, education is seen as a privilege. Children there, struggle to attend classes and achieve greatness. Many obstacles stand in their way; in many cases, financial circumstances hinder the children from receiving a proper education. Financial pressure causes many youth in South Africa and all over the world, to drop out of high school.

Kliptown is a suburb of Soweto in Guateng, South Africa. It is just one of the many slums in South Africa. The majority of residents in Kliptown are in extreme poverty. They face terrible living conditions. There housing consists of small shacks, if that, with no running water, electricity and more times than not, no food on the table. Living conditions like these are not uncommon in the slums of Kliptown. These conditions are often the result of the high unemployment rates in the slum. Along with high unemployment rates, there are a large numbers of school dropouts. An outrageously high school dropout rate is also a leading factor in the increasingly high crime level.

In Kliptown, along with countless other slums, many struggle to find work. As a result of the lack of work in many households, many families find basic necessities such as food, water, and clothing, hard to come by. These poor circumstances can be detrimental for families. More times than not, uniforms for school cannot be afforded for the children. Food, which is a basic necessity of life, is often scarce in these slums and many cannot afford to put food on the table. Because of the lack of food, children go to school with...
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