Felix Mollel applied six times before he got a job as a bus driver.
He was only as educated as the kids he drove on the school route near Arusha in the central African nation of Tanzania.
But the job wasn’t enough. Felix wanted more, despite already being one of a lucky few to find work in a land where jobs are rare.
Students on the bus started teaching him English — something he needed if he wanted to get a job in the school itself.
This is the beginning of Felix’s story and the rest he can recall in perfect English sitting inside a warm Grassmere classroom yesterday.
“I was determined to work my way up. It was very hard for me to get a job,” he told The Standard.
It just so happened the school where Felix found work was opened by an Australian woman in 2002. It had just three students. There are well over 1800 there now.