|Inspirational Learner Receives a Dux Award||2016-10-25|
“You’ve got to have a dream if you want to have a dream come true”, these are the words of Dennis Waitley. These same words find resonance in the group of learners at Adams College under the Moses Kotane Institute, Learner Academic Development Support Programme whose dreams of receiving tertiary education bursary are about to come true.
As part of celebrating and giving recognition to learners that have shown commitment and excellence in their studies, on 21 October 2016 Adams College held a prize giving ceremony, where 31 Moses Kotane learners were awarded top achievers’ awards in different disciplines, but what is even more exciting is the life and journey of a young Thokozile Thusi who hails from Manguzi who received the highest honour that one can achieve in High School, the Dux of the Year. Thusi who is shy, but isn’t when it comes to her books highlighted that “receiving a Dux Award makes me feel special and I am absolutely pleased that Adams college is consistently acknowledging our hard work as learners, I am also grateful for support that is provided by the Moses Kotane Institute in ensuring that as previously underprivileged learners we are also exposed to such opportunities,” she beamed proudly.
In 2012, Moses Kotane Institute (MKI) in partnership with the KZN Department of Education embarked on a recruitment campaign to select 50 learners who would have been in grade 10 in 2013. The selection was biased towards rural and underprivileged learners from across the province as this is the primary target group for MKI. All 50 successful learners were later placed at a boarding facility at Adams College and they were afforded free tuition, boarding fee, uniforms and additional study material. This programme is the institute’s best attempt at giving learners an opportunity to access quality STEM education in early stages of their learning, it is also an attempt to influence the quality and quantity of STEM qualification at higher learning so that the future workforce is equipped with relevant qualifications and skills for global competitiveness. It is common knowledge that apartheid limited African people to have the opportunity to study science, to date our country still suffers the consequence of that as a result we rely on import labour.
The CEO of Moses Kotane Institute Mr. Sibusiso Mpungose expressed his delight for the partnerships the institute has with what they call MKI Adopted Schools. These historical schools are MKI’s pockets of excellence and we are very proud of our learners for such excellent results. He further thanked the school staff and the principal of Adams College for their hands on approach that has borne fruit.
Adams College Principal, Mr Thulani Khumalo expressed his appreciativeness to parents, educators, School governing body and most importantly to Moses Kotane Institute as they all played a noteworthy role that resulted for these learners to produce outstanding results.