ABDUWAHID: NEVER TOO LATE GRADUATE
April 25, 2019
    

“I’d been struggling to get my high school diploma for a long
time. I come from Somalia, and I didn’t go to school back home. I’ve been in
Canada 20 years, and I’ve tried to do upgrading, but couldn’t do it because of
money and timing. I have a big family, and have to work, so time and cost are
problems for me. Also, English is my second language – it’s not easy for me.”

A feeling of
belonging

“When I came to the Never Too Late program, I saw all the
people there – that they were the same as me. People the same age, some older;
people with families; people working, coming from work straight to class; some
of them feeling scared – everybody was there trying to get their GED. I saw
everyone and I thought, “If they can do it, then I can do it.” Seeing the other
students was my biggest motivator.”

Supported and
encouraged

“The first time I wrote the exams, I didn’t do too well, but
I didn’t feel discouraged, I felt happy, because I knew I could get help. I
knew when I came back no one would ask, “Why couldn’t you pass?” They welcomed
me back and told me, “It’s okay,” and the coordinator and instructors were
telling me, “If you want to retest, you can; if you want to come back, you can
come back.”

A program that is a
community

“In Never Too Late, there’s a lot of help. If you have any
issue, you can come talk about it. We get everything we need – even coffee and
tea in class. There’s somebody willing to help you, and it’s free – it’s not
every day you get something like that. I came back, and I got the help I
needed. And the second time, I passed everything.”

It has changed our
family’s life

“Now my wife is in the program. Because of my experience
she’s going back to school. My kids will ask me questions now, if they have
some issue with school work. This program might change your life, the way you
are thinking. Before, I’d see some jobs, and I would never apply without a GED.
Now, I’m thinking I can apply for this job or that job. There are opportunities
now.”