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Petje defeats dyslexia  

SHARE   |   Monday, 21 August 2017   |   By Ontametse Sugar
Petje defeats dyslexia  

Thato Petje had it difficult in school, and it was until his sister –  a doctor – realised that he was suffering from a problem called dyslexia that he became aware of what his problem was. He could not grasp much in class and had difficulty in reading. He is now a certified personal trainer and people that he works with cannot detect that he has had learning difficulties. He is part of Now for Them Trust which is a registered community trust with a mandate to develop programmes which create economic gain, promote education and conservation of natural resources for vulnerable communities covering the youth, children, women and the elderly. According to Petje, they have many initiatives in the pipeline one of them being for dyslexia and creativity. They intend to deal with educational disability as something very close to him as he has been directly affected. He trains educators on how to identify and make available aid for scholars with learning disabilities and gives motivational talks to scholars with learning disabilities to remove stigma about learning disabilities in Botswana. “There are other things that we will be doing in terms of campaigns which are Marang a Thuto, Favour Back, Re ja mmogo, Farming and climate Change, Read for awareness and SDG 17 Runs in 17 days,” he said. Petje said family played an imperative role in helping diagnose his condition. It was only at junior and senior level that he had teachers trained for dealing with students like him. “One of my teachers inspired me to work hard. She told me not to let the condition define me but rather I should know that I can be anything that I want to be and I made sure that I worked hard,” he said. Even when he was in tertiary in South Africa the lecturers understood his condition and they put their all to make sure that he grasped well and as such he managed to graduate on time like other students. He urged parents that have children with the same condition to stop dismissing them as failures and stupid because despite their conditions they can still achieve their dreams. There is nothing standing on his way of achieving his dreams. The gym is his second home and it is very fulfilling to help people achieve their fitness goals as a qualified fitness trainer.