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DAWID FIELIES:A YOUNG ACHIEVER WITH A PASSION TO EDUCATE Dawid Fielies was born on 4 November 1990 and was raised by his grandparents, David and Gertruida Beyers. They gave him much love, but had very little money because David (Senior) was a general worker (responsible for cleaning and running errands) at the Swellendam SAPS Stock Theft Unit and his wife was a housewife At a youg age Dawid resolved to be the best he could be in whatever he chose to do.

He completed his Matric at the end of 2009 and immediately commenced his studies for a B Ed degree at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (Wellington Campus). He worked tenaciously to ensure that he would not have to repeat a year and miss the opportunity to obtain a solid qualification. Consequently, he regularly obtained two or three distinctions in his examinations. After completing his degree, he accepted a post as an educator at Bontebok Primary School from January 2014. Two years later he went to teach at the newly established VRT Pitt Primary School. As a result of his diligence and versatility the management of his new school promoted him to head of department within eighteen months of appointing him. Soon his abilities became known at a higher level and in April 2019 he was seconded to the post of School Safety Coordinator of the Overberg Education District until December 2020. In this post Dawid has four officials working under him.

Furthermore, he liaises closely with the Department of Social Work, the SAPD Brigadier and the Overberg District Municipality to assist youth at risk and deal with related matters. He is also serving as the vice chairman of the Bontebok Park Forum. He has already bought his second house, which is in Paddavlei, a beautiful part of Swellendam. He regularly supports his grandparents financially and donates a substantial amount to the Swellendam Bursary Fund on a yearly basis. This is remarkable because he is comparatively new in his profession.

He wishes to study further, but will do so once he has attended to his present financial responsibilities. Prof Thuli Madonsela recently said the following: “We urgently need to bridge the divide between the haves and the have-nots … One of these ways is through access to education.” In Dawid’s case the Swellendam Bursary Fund has in a very small way contibuted to achieving this goal. It is clear that Dawid has not reached his peak yet and could be considered for further promotions in the near future. His career path is just another shining example of what can be achieved, if those able to assist, look beyond their own desires and reach out to those who are less privileged. Article by Basil May: Swellendam Bursary Fund

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