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.
In June 2017, UCT Mastercard Scholars Willie Machaira and Chido Hunda were invited to attend the 2017 Baobab Summit. The summit exposed the students to career preparedness coaching, collaborative workgroups and skill development lessons as well as creating a space for global MasterCard Scholars to network and connect with like-minded changemakers.
I remember, as a child, walking several kilometres out of our village in Kenya, up mountainous terrain with my father as we searched for a spot where the signal was strong enough to support a call. I watched him as he was talking to these people on this gadget that seemed to collapse space and time, and I was awe-struck.
“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.
Having recently graduated from their respective fields of study at UCT, three MasterCard Foundation scholars – Christina Nyandoro, Ramontsheng Rapolaki, and Jeremiah Mutungi – are ready to take what they have learned and use it for good.
Jeremiah Mutungi, a master’s scholar from the Communications Research Group in the department of Electrical Engineering, received an award for one of the best three papers at the 19th Annual Southern African Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC)
The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Cape Town welcomed 20 new scholars for the 2016 cohort. As part of their orientation, the scholars set off on a tour of the Cape Peninsula where they had the opportunity to acquaint themselves with their new home away from home.
On the surface, The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at UCT might appear to only be an opportunity for further education. For the young people participating in it, it provides a vehicle to fulfil their dreams.