Winnifreda Tandi was born in 1964, in Zimbabwe where she attended primary and secondary education. Sharing a text book between 10 students in a class of 50 pupils, education wasn’t easy. When she came to England she was determined that her children would have a good education. Which they did! Winnie’s children graduated with first class Degrees- a Masters in Finance and BA Honours in Accounting & Finance from Cardiff Metropolitan University. Both are now working, one as an Internal Auditor in a bank and one as a Financial Analyst in Cardiff. It was her children that inspired Winnie to return to learning and once they were settled, she decided to complete her education despite her family and friends telling her she was too old.
With a little help she managed to overcome barriers that had previously prevented her from achieving her goals. These included the difficulties of settling as a family in a new country with no friends or relatives to help or support her, no job, along with the worry of relatives and friends left behind. Winnie signed up to several training courses at Taff, including Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Youth and Community course. By attending these courses she heard about the Cardiff Met Summer School. Winnie soon completed a Reflective Skills Level 3 module.
Taff learner Winnie with her Youth and Community Certificate
Through Taff, Winnie volunteered at a local nursery and also at a Cardiff Council support unit for children with additional needs. Applying classroom based theory in these settings gave her a solid understanding of working with children and young people. Together her experience and qualifications enabled her to apply for a place at Cardiff Metro, studying a foundation degree leading to BSc/BA in Social Sciences.
Winnie's course Tutor commented;
“During her foundation year, Winnie was committed and engaged in her efforts and receptive to feedback. Winnie submitted a fantastic portfolio for assessment. On top of that she supported her fellow students with their work and encouraged them to work hard.”
Winnie was delighted following the successful completion of her foundation year and with the award she received;
“I am really happy I have been given this award, it’s a great end to my first year of university education. I am very proud with what I have achieved so far. My passion is to help young people in the community. I feel I am one step closer to my goal. Learning is great; it’s never too late to return to study!”
Due to return to university in October, she is continuing this summer to volunteer in a youth and community setting. When she qualifies she is planning to secure employment as a youth and community worker in Cardiff. Congratulations Winnifreda!