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The First Students Graduate from Oprah Winfrey’s School in South Africa

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Oprah Winfrey's School for Girls

Five years ago, Oprah Winfrey opened a school in South Africa for underprivileged girls. On January 14, 2011, the first class of girls graduated from the school and Oprah was there to watch them and offer the graduation speech.

During her graduation speech, Oprah told the girls that they were now “free to soar.” She also offered praise and recognition for the teachers, family members, social workers, and everyone else who has helped make this dream a reality for the girls. For many young people in South Africa, poverty and personal traumas make it impossible for them to become educated. Some of these personal traumas include violence, the death of one or even both parents, molestation, and grief, according to Oprah.

Originally, 75 girls were part of this class of graduating girls. Of those 75, all but three walked across the stage and are now planning to attend universities in the USA and South Africa.

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Four Boys Die in South African School for the Blind Fire

Tragedy struck in Johannesburg, South Africa when four young boys were killed in a fire at the only school for the blind in the province. The victims’ ages ranged from eight to 13-years-old, and they were locked in their dormitory room when the fire occurred. Charges could be filed against school officials due to the students being in a room that was locked from the outside. The victims were found huddled against their room door.

The caretaker of the school has been suspended and an investigation is being done to determine why the victims’ room was locked from the outside. Whether or not locking students in their room is a routine practice is also under investigation.

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