Community Engagement a Passion for GSB&L Academic
The need to empower the community of Umlazi with knowledge is what motivated Graduate School of Business and Leadership’s (GSB&L) Developmental Lecturer, Mr Njabulo Khumalo, to host development workshops aimed at motivating the youth of the township to prioritise education.
Khumalo was recently appointed as the Chairperson of the Education Committee of the Parish of Umlazi - one of the most active organisations under the Parish. The group was formed by academics with the aim of promoting education by seeking donations and bursaries for needy students of the Parish of Umlazi who wanted to go to university but could not afford it.In this role, Khumalo recently delivered a talk titled: “There is Success in Africans through Education”, to a group of high school pupils from the Nomavimbela High School, Umlazi Commercial High School, St Augustine’s Anglican Church, St Monica’s Anglican Church, Kingdom Centre Youth Conference, Kwa-Mashu Youth meeting, Morningside Youth Conference and Vumandaba High School in Mvume.
The aim of the talk was to make the pupils aware of the realities they have to face after completing matric, including getting admitted into university, funding constraints and the transition from high school to university. Khumalo encouraged pupils to find solutions to these challenges through planning ahead.‘African students are doing well these days, especially Grade 12 pupils in Umlazi. Last year, Mr Lwazi Shezi of Velabahleke High School, got 10 distinctions and took third place in Mathematics nationally, while the best student in Physical Science nationally, Mr Sanele Mdlalose, is from Dr JL Dube High School in KwaMashu.
This proves these children have potential they just need to be motivated.‘No pupil should complete Grade 12 and then have to stay at home because there is no money for them to study further,’ said Khumalo.