A POSTGRADUATE student from the Durban University of Technology, Indumiso Campus, could miss an opportunity of a lifetime to attend the 2016 Golden Key International Summit in Tucson, Arizona if she does not get sponsorship.Monde Xakaza (31), from Imbali Unit 3, doing her fourth year Bachelor of Education, is one of two students from her university to get an invitation to attend the summit from 28 to 31 July. She was selected based on her academic achievements and is making a desperate plea to Good Samaritans to help her realise her dream of attending the summit.Xakaza said DUT has offered to pay for her flight, but she needs an additional R20 000 to cover other travelling costs, including accommodation and food.The Golden Key is an honour society for top-performing graduates in all fields of study from across the globe, who meet once a year at the summit to share ideas and unlock excellence. According to the Golden Key website, it has more than two million members, including honoraries Desmond Tutu and Bill Clinton. Xakaza said attending a summit of this magnitude is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “To be part of this society is an achievement for any academic. Attending the summit will have a lasting impact on my future and the future of my peers at the university as well as my future colleagues within the teaching field. “The summit is submerged into a culture of academic excellence where like-minded scholars gather on an international scale to discuss a spectrum of subjects and cultivate leadership development skills.”Passionate about education, Xakaza, who recently completed her six-month working experience at Zibukezulu High, said the summit will afford her a chance to interact with teachers from countries like Australia. “Australia has one of the best education systems in the world. It would be beneficial to network with teachers from there to find out what their curriculum entails and how South Africa can incorporate into our education system to improve it,” she said.She said as a member of Golden Key International Honour Society she is part of a community outreach programme aimed at sparking change through education. “I’ve taken a good look at my community and realise that change can be brought about through education. If you are a good teacher you are bound to inspire change and help the youth face obstacles they have in society.”Xakaza’s husband Smangaliso said he is doing everything in his power to make sure his wife attends the summit. “If I was employed I would fund her entire trip, but I’m also a student and we are cash-strapped and appeal to anyone who can lend a helping hand to assist my wife go to the summit. “It may seem unattainable and impossible right now, but we know it is doable. She has worked so hard throughout her academic career and attending this summit will be the culmination of all her hard work.” Anyone interested in assisting her can contact her on 063 634 1994.