During apartheid, Winston and Colleen Campbell were barred from registering at local universities. The Eersterust couple did eventually register and got their degrees, and so did all of their five children.
Winston matriculated in 1965, at a time when the coloured community was still barred from studying at what were then whites-only institutions. He was allowed to register in the late 80s, studying part-time and completing his BA Hons Degree in Politics and International Politics in 1991. He described this as “a most rewarding experience.”
Being a mother of five, Colleen had too many responsibilities and there simply was not enough money for her to register. He daughter, Alarice also studied at the same time as Winston and obtained a degree in Nursing and Midwifery in 1990 and 1994. Next was her second eldest, Raymond, who obtained his medical degree in 1999 and his specialist medical degree in Urology in 2007. Colleen did eventually register and obtain a BA degree in Industrial Psychology and Public/Municipal Administration in 2002.
Next were the turns of Julian, Andrea and Colwin. Julian graduated with a BCom Honours degree in Finance in 2003 whereas both Andrea and Colwin completed their law degrees in 2008 and 2011, respectively. The whole family graduated from the University of Pretoria. However, there is a reason for all of this achievement.
Both Winston and Colleen values education and they passed on this appreciation to their children. Colleen made sure that each and every family member did their schoolwork and saw to it that they performed well when they went to university. They also instilled in their children a sense of appreciation for the opportunities they were given in life.
The family is acutely aware that there are many gifted youths in Eersterust and all over South Africa who should be studying but lacks the resources. Financial obstacles as well as societal factors – such as poverty, substance abuse, the indifference of parents and educators, lack of exemplary role models, and social and racial engineering policies – often hamper the academic potential and progress of these young people.
“As parents, we believe that you must teach your children well,” says Winston. “Teach them to treat others with dignity and respect. We feel truly blessed that our children have learned the value and ethical precepts of a good education – to play fair and to work honestly, hard and diligently.”
Source(s): edited from an article written by Xolani Mathibela for the University of Pretoria.