Meet Lucky Sibanda a Kalai scholar in 2005-2006. Lucky has just finished his engineering degree at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (Cape Town, South Africa) and is now studying for his Master's Degree in Business Administration. His thesis will be on "the role of education towards entrepreneurship culture development in Binga district, Zimbabwe." Below are his thoughts about his education and the help he received from the Kalai Foundation.
Growing up in a family of nine in the rural areas of Binga (Manjolo, Siangwemu), attaining a tertiary qualification seemed to be a dream. Moreover, the lack of career guidance had a huge impact in my life – I never thought I will complete my ‘O’ level not to mention ‘A’ levels or tertiary education. As I did my ‘O’ level in 2003 & 2004 (at Manjolo Secondary School by then), my aim was – to pass and manage to become a temporary teacher. Little did I know that Kalai Foundation was a MAJOR breakthrough. As I collected my results in February 2005, I was informed of the sponsor (Kalai Foundation) and was asked to sign the forms. A new life began – I had no idea on what to start due to lack of career guidance. I was given subjects to study based on my ‘O’ level results – Mathematics, Geography and Management of Business. My two year period for ‘A’ level was not a walk in the park. Again, my aim was – just to finish. Luckily, I managed to get nine points.
My first career guidance was when I was doing my form six in 2006 and it was held at Binga High School. After the career guidance I had to opt for a career which would lead me to a tertiary qualification without spending money since I knew very well that I had a poor financial backup – following an apprenticeship became an option after the 2006 career guidance. Soon after writing my exams in November 2006, I had to visit a relative in Bulawayo until I landed an apprenticeship position in June 2007 and was required to pursue Tool, Jig & Die Making (under Mechanical Engineering). Yes, I got my National Certificate in Machineshop Engineering in 2008 from Bulawayo polytechnic. Apprenticeship training is done over four year duration and I was scheduled to qualify as an Artisan in September 2012.
In 2009, I came across an advert of a Zimbabwean Presidential Scholarship and I decided to give it a try. This scholarship sponsors students from disadvantaged backgrounds to study in selected South African universities. Fortunate enough, I was awarded the four year scholarship in January 2010 to study at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (Cape Town, South Africa). I had no better option besides to quit apprentice training and pursue university studies. Surely, without the Kalai Foundation support, there is no way I was going to get such a scholarship.
In South Africa, I experienced a totally new environment which supports personal and academic growth. Up to date, I have acquired various short courses and certificates (certificate in Pastel Partner – intermediate version; certificate of completion in managing money; Oracle SQL 12g; trained as a tutor; was invited to join the Golden Key Honour Society; qualified as an assessor and facilitator; and participated in a Global Enterprise Experience – writing a business proposal among team members from across the globe using internet). I also developed interests in academic writing having two co-authored papers in possible publication consideration. In June 2011, I came up with an idea to assist tertiary level student in their studies.
After graduating in June 2014 for my degree, I am now focusing on my proposal for my Masters degree in Business Administration (specialising in Entrepreneurship) for the 2015 academic year. My thesis will be focusing on “the role of entrepreneurship education towards entrepreneurship culture development in Binga district, Zimbabwe.” It is my aim to see everyone develop the desire to be job creators instead of being job seekers. Surely, Kalai Foundation was a major building block in my life. I am very grateful to their sponsor.