Financial woes won't hold back Nashaun
Shanique Samuels, Gleaner Writer
"It's a struggle, you know, it's a really hard struggle."
Those were the tear-jerking words of Ivan Moulton as he recounted the story of how he managed to send his son, Nashaun, through primary school.
He said at the beginning of the last academic year, he didn't have money to buy the books required but still ensured his son went to school.
"When the teacher see how hard him a work, and she see the potential him have, knowing seh mi no have it, sometimes she take him home and keep him three days a week and help him with his schoolwork."
Moulton said two months into the school year, he was able to purchase the books, but that, too, was a struggle.
"I worked on a site in the community and di boss rob up di money. Right now, dem owe mi over $300,000. Is dat money I was planning to use to send back my children to school and take care of my family. Instead, mi affi walk and pick up plastic bottles and cut dem and set flowers in dem and put dem in a box and carry it pan mi head and walk all bout an sell fi get a likkle money fi buy food and save a likkle till mi could buy the books," he explained.
He said, many times he couldn't find the lunch money but the teacher insisted that Nashaun come to school, and she would provide lunch.
"I walk half-mile with him every morning to school; sometimes he don't even have breakfast or lunch money, but he was determined to go anyway."
He lamented that even finding a night's dinner is a struggle.
"When I don't sell enough flowers and I can't find dinner, I walk all bout and look mango and beg coconut and give dem, and dats what we eat go to bed some nights because we just don't have it."
Nashaun is 11 years old and is one of Effortville Primary's top Grade Six Achievement Test scholars this year. He passed for Glenmuir High with an 88 per cent average.
He is the eldest of three children living with both parents in Effortville. He said he was happy he passed for the school of his choice because he worked hard to make his father proud.
Moulton expressed joy at his son's success on the outside while worrying on the inside. Nashaun says he wants to become a scientist and studying at Glenmuir High is a good start to realising that dream.