Three UCT students have been selected among a global cohort of 40 for the Next Generation Leaders programme. This has been designed to harness diverse and ethical approaches to civic engagement and activism.
Lelia Lelia launched Careerdue to provide mentorship and career guidance to youth in his Lesotho community. Thanks to an award from the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Entrepreneurship Fund, he’s delivering on that and more.
Each year, Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng goes on a hike with the UCT Mastercard Foundation Program Scholars. The initiative, built on the premise that all young people, no matter their starting point in life, should have the opportunity to obtain a quality education and pursue their aspirations, provides full-cost scholarships to young Africans pursuing first-time undergraduate or postgraduate degrees.
How does a Mastercard Foundation Scholar move from the classroom to a job they call “really cool”? Fezeka Lephaila, a graduate from the 2018 cohort, shares how the programme supported her along the path to a rewarding full-time career.
As part of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, a week of activities aimed at developing the entrepreneurial skills of the scholars on the programme did just that and more for scholars who joined the township tour.
“At every university, you get three types of students: spectators, pretenders and contenders,” Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, deputy vice-chancellor for research and internationalisation, told UCT’s Mastercard Foundation Scholars at their welcome reception in April.