Local youth overcomes all odds

2018-07-11 06:01

IN an outstanding example of overcoming the odds, Bonginkosi Mchunu graduated earlier this year from the Pearson Institute with his B.Com degree Cum Laude.

This is an outstanding achievement for a young man who grew up in the small rural village of Mhlangana with his seven siblings.

He attended Buhlebuyeza High School where, after a visit from the Pearson Institute, he was encouraged by his school principal, Mr X.Nyoka, to apply for its undergraduate bursary programme.

Bonginkosi was awarded a full bursary to become the first member of his family to receive a tertiary education.

He said, when he first arrived at the Durban campus, it was not easy — he did not have any computer skills and was not very fluent in English.

“But I knew I had to work hard, I knew I had to make that count.”

And Bongi did just that, to be rewarded with his degree.

His commercial lecturer, C.Chizondo, said: “He has an admirable work ethic, is a natural leader and we are sure he is going to be an outstanding success.”

The Pearson Marang Education Trust (PMET) works with disadvantaged schools to improve maths, literacy, leadership and management.

It also plays a pivotal role in offering full bursaries to top performing students at the high schools it supports.

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